WELLNESS HIS WAY
HIS WAY > MY WAY
Psalm 25:4-5- “Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.”
Psalm 86:11- “Teach me your way, O Lord”
Psalm 25 quickly became one of my favorite Psalms because of the holy conviction it continually brings to my life! When writing the Psalms, David often asks the Lord to show him His way. We see this desire in Psalm 25 through David's prayer.
We can learn four things from David’s request. The first is that we need to ask to be shown and taught God’s way, by God Himself. His way is not something we discover with our skill, but through the guidance of His Spirit. The second is acknowledging that God is the One who leads us and He does so with His Truth (His Word). This is different from being led by our emotions, others’ opinions, culture or the world. The third is that our hope can only be in Christ alone. He defines us. The fourth is that the reason behind David’s request, which is God being his Savior.
Unless we come to know God as our Savior the way David did, we will pridefully continue living our way.
Now let’s take those four truths and apply them to our wellness journey. I think we can all agree that the fitness world can be a dark place. If not surrendered to the Lord, the journey of wellness can quickly go from Christ-centered to self-centered if our foundation and gaze is not on Christ.
For many years I thought I could compartmentalize the Holy Spirit, and choose what areas He could transform, heal, and make me more like Jesus in. Health was an area of my life I refused to surrender to the Lord for nearly seven years. I didn’t think He cared as much about it, and truthfully thought I knew better (I now know how ridiculous this sounds).
Is it possible for us to live God’s way in some places and not in others? Of course it is. Will God leave us this way? Of course He won’t, because He loves us.
Once we decide to follow Jesus (repent of our sin and receive His invitation of salvation and gift of eternal life), our entire journey with Him is about learning how to die to ourselves and be transformed into His image. The Holy Spirit is radically Christ-centered and His ultimate mission is to make us radically Christ-centered too.
Matthew 16:24-25- “Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.’” [emphasis added].
Denial of self is the first step to begin the “His Way” journey. Denial of self ultimately addresses who is on the throne of our hearts. It’s not a denial of our brain or our feelings, but a denial of self lordship. God will not share the throne of our heart with any other lowercase god. Not even a little.
When God is on the throne, we do everything for His glory. When we are on the throne, we do everything for our gain.
Let’s take it a step further. God’s way doesn’t just mean denying ourselves and adding God to our lives, it means God is our life.
One way to know that God is only an addition to our life rather than the foundation of it is the experience of growing discontentment deep inside our hearts—a hunger that cannot seem to be satisfied by pleasure, material things, weight loss, or accomplishments.
I’m inviting you right away to ensure that you aren’t simply adding God to your journey of wellness, but that He is the very foundation you’re building your whole life upon.
Your heart was created wholly by Him and wholly for Him (Colossians 1:16). Fighting to gain the world without Jesus will lead to a life of restlessness, anxious striving, and emptiness. You will never be fully satisfied, you will never be whole.
If we are not cautious in our pursuit of good things (like getting healthy), those good things can become “god” things when they start to influence us more than Jesus does, and when we love them more than we love Him. The key is to always want and love Jesus more.
John 14:6-"Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Are you willing to open your heart to the idea that it is Jesus that you were made for? Are you willing to make Him the only thing you’re living for? As my friend Michelle Myers would say, are you willing to have a “Jesus only” foundation rather than a “Jesus and ____” foundation? Are you willing to release the world’s way of bondage, counterfeit peace, counterfeit joy, counterfeit love, counterfeit truth, and follow The Way, The Truth, and The Life? (John 14:6.)
You can trust Him. You can trust His way. You can trust that He will guide and counsel you as you learn to take care of your health.
Never forget, while workouts and proper nutrition can change your physical body, only Jesus can transform your heart and renew your mind. It starts by taking any other lowercase gods off the throne of your heart, joyfully surrendering your life to Jesus, and making Him the point of your life.
My prayer is that as you take steps to care for your health, it would be done with God, not just for Him, but with a humble heart that says, “Teach me Your way, O Lord” [emphasis added]. Then His call to you is simple: “Follow Me.”
More to come in my Wellness HIS Way Devotional--coming soon!