About Jesus - Steve Sweetman
Is Vital To Our Well-being
A human is the sum total
of both his visible and invisible parts.
Maintaining one's total well-being, then, is more than a matter of
eating right, exercising regularly, and getting enough sleep.
One's invisible, or spiritual, well-being must be maintained
because it is meant to co-exist in a harmonious relationship with one's
physicality. Such co-existence
implies a form of community between one's visible and invisible parts, and
thus, the word "community" becomes vital in our attempt at total
well-being. We see the concept
of community as far back as Genesis 1:26.
There, God said: "Let us make mankind in our image, in our
The words "us"
and "our" in Genesis 1:26 might imply the very essence of God to
be a unified plurality; a community of the sum total of who He is.
That would mean the concept of community originates, not just with
God, but in the essence of who God is.
This makes community central to human existence because Genesis
1:26 states that humans were created in God's image, or shadowy image, as
the Hebrew text implies. A
person, like God, is a unified plurality, a community of the sum total of
who he is. That means total
well-being depends on having a healthy body and a healthy spirit/soul that
co-exist in a form of community, but that's not all.
God created a man and a
woman to live in an intimate, harmonious relationship, because it is not
good, not healthy, for man to live in isolation.
In marriage, a husband and a wife co-exist in an exclusive
community whereby each would complement the other which is meant to
enhance the total well-being of both husband and wife, but again, there is
more to the matter than that.
God's plan has always
been to co-exist in community with His people.
That is why His Spirit lives within the believer.
It only makes sense, then, that a healthy communal relationship
with God is vital in maintaining one's total well-being, but once again,
there is more to consider.
1 Corinthians 12:13
states that the born-again of the Spirit believer has been united, or
immersed, into the Body of Christ, also known as the Community of Christ.
Logic, would thus, tell us that the well-being of a believer depends on, and is
complemented by, healthy supportive relationships with those whom Jesus
has placed us alongside in His community, the church.
It is there where the believer finds support, love, grace,
acceptance, friendships, inspiration, mental, emotional and moral
support, value, admonishment, instruction, counsel, correction, productive ministry, and more.
Any sociologist will tell you that all of these advantages of
community bring someone into a better state of well-being.
I conclude that my total
well-being does not solely depend on a proper diet, regular exercise, and
sufficient sleep. To the
degree that I can exist in community with my Creator, with myself,
with my wife, and with those whom Jesus has placed me alongside in the
Community of Christ, will be the degree to which I can obtain some kind of