Staying Spiritually Healthy

Southaven, MS

By: Mike Upchurch

Well Covid-19 certainly has changed how we do Church these days. Now that we’ve been forced to stay away from our Churches so many miss their congregations, their worship services, and their Pastors.  You never know what you have until it’s taken away.

That said, there is a common myth or misconception about Church and its role in our lives.   The myth is that the Church exists to meet our spiritual needs, and to maintain our spiritual health.  While Churches are needed in the training up of workers, the average lay member can’t rely on the Church to keep them spiritually healthy. That is up to the individual. 

A consistent prayer life and a life devoted to study of the Word will ensure each Church member stays spiritually healthy, whether they’re able to attend Church or not!  Your relationship with the Lord, and the depth of that relationship, is what should be meeting your every spiritual need, keeping you healthy! 

Jesus said this in the gospel of John……

““but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.””

‭‭John‬ ‭4:14

He also stated this….

“Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.”

‭‭John‬ ‭6:35

While we may be confined at home and unable to attend our Churches corporately, we should not be suffering spiritually if we’ve maintained our relationship with the Lord.   We should not be thirsty or hungry for more if we are filled with Him!  

Paul wrote this…..

“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.”

‭‭Galatians‬ ‭2:20‬

Paul was living his life by faith in Jesus, not by his faith in the Church and what it could do to keep him spiritually alive!  Paul knew HE was the Church and you are also. YOU are the Church!  You have your being in Jesus. HE defines who you are, not which Church you attend!  

It’s going to be great when we’re able to meet together once again and worship freely and see the people we love again!  But we shouldn’t have suffered in our walk with Jesus.  In the end, our life should have been about Jesus and our relationship to Him, not about which Church we attended! 

And that’s the way I see it!

Pastor Mike