June 12th 2010

Well With Your Soul

2nd in a series based on 3 John 

“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.”

3 John 2 (NIV)

How to be fit and healthy is a major concern today. 

It’s understandable. When we are ill, it seems to affect everything. Not only are we physically weakened, but it can also destabilize our emotional and mental wellbeing. Many people may think, what if this life is all there is? Then to be in good health and to live long and prosper matters. 

John is naturally concerned about how his friend Gaius is doing. In the passage above he draws a comparison. He notes that it is well with his friend’s soul, and hopes and prays that his physical life is doing just as good. We don’t know much about Gaius, but we do know more about John. History records that, when he wrote this letter, John was old and frail. His soul was doing much better than his body. Perhaps many of us can relate to that! 

But, how is your soul doing? Do you pay more attention to your body than to your spiritual state? Christians can so easily get caught up in the pursuit of feeling fit. Not that it is wrong to feel fit – but what about our soul? Do you work out for 30 minutes three times a week and yet only spend 5 minutes in prayer on a good day? Do you spend more time at the gym than you do in reading the Bible? Are you as diligent in your daily walk with God as you are in taking medication or dietary supplements each day? 

Jesus asked, “What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26)  The point Jesus is making is that success and gathering riches are not what life is all about. 

Perhaps, with society’s idolizing of health we could rephrase what Jesus said. “What good will it be if you have the healthiest and most toned body going and you eat the most balanced of all diets, yet forfeit your own soul?” 

Of course we should do our best to take care of our health. God, however, is also concerned about your soul. 

How is your soul getting along? 


Help me to prioritize the spiritual side of my life in addition to trying to keep healthy and to doing well.  In Jesus’ name.


Study by James Henderson 

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