Body, mind, and spirit. These three elements make up each of us and were designed by our Heavenly Father. They are interconnected and affect all aspects of our lives including our work, worship, and everyday function.
The body seems the most obvious and easy to understand. It is the physical bones, organs, and limbs you use every day. How incredible is it that God designed each uniquely all the way down to our DNA? Psalm 139:13 tells us that God created our bodies intentionally. “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.” Every piece has a function that helps you grow, survive, reproduce, kick a ball, play an instrument, make your bed, and so much more!
The mind is a bit more difficult to grasp but consider it as the personality, emotions, and guides through which we perceive our lives. Romans 12:2 instructs us on continuing to rest and renew our minds. “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
The spirit seems difficult to understand, but thankfully, we have information from the Bible to explain it. In fact, we know exactly how we got it and how it connects to God through Genesis 2:7. “Then the Lord God formed a man[a] from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.”
Over time, science has explained more and more how our minds connect to the body. The impacts of emotions are seen physically through the nervous and immune systems. Therefore, good physical health and good emotional health and good spiritual health are all interconnected. This is reaffirmed in Proverbs 17:22 “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”
Even Jesus stated the importance of connection and health between the mind, body, and spirit as he warned his disciples: “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matthew 26:41).
God creates our bodies, souls, and spirits for His glory. We should strive to honor God with our bodies, praise and magnify Him with our souls, and worship Him in spirit and truth.
Maintaining health between these three elements can be difficult, but coming together as a group can help us stay accountable and consistent. Grace Fellowship Church encourages this by hosting a women’s faith-based yoga class. Body, Mind, and Spirit occurs every Tuesday night (5:30-6:45) and Wednesday morning (9:00-10:00) in the upstairs auditorium. You are invited to come connect with like-minded individuals as we pursue physical, mental, and spiritual wellness.