Whole and Free


Jesus Christ maketh thee whole.  Acts 9:34

I have thought more in the last year about what it means to be whole than I have in my life.  I have experienced a health transformation at a time in my life when most people are experiencing a health deterioration.  I am dreaming of service to God in supernatural ways I could not possibly do if I were a prisoner in my own little world.  Wholeness is breaking free.  Wholeness is to stop the focus on fixing myself and pressing towards a high calling in Christ Jesus.  (Philippians 3:14)

I am NOT depressed or sick or lonely or needy or helpless or clueless.  Jesus Christ makes me whole.  I think Christians should stop asking, “How are you?”  and start asking, “How have you changed your world today?”  This declaration of Peter needs to get under my skin—Jesus Christ makes me whole!  It is glasses through which I see everything.  Closely akin to Peter’s statement is a declaration Jesus made to spiritually blind Pharisees, “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”

I am struggling to define a life of wholeness and freedom.  But I must define it.  It is my calling.  And God is talking to me about it every day.  I will tell you about a few of the pieces that I am beginning to understand, and then you can comment about other pieces that God has shown you.  I want to be part of the people of God who are WHOLE and FREE!!!

I’m still working on the basics, and I will mention only two—health and finance.  It is radical, and a people-think-you’re-crazy act to fully surrender these two areas of life to Christ.  I discovered a couple of years ago that it is a spiritual act to surrender my physical body to God and submit to His transformation.  After all it is HIS house.  And it is His plan to live in our bodies.  He cannot accomplish His desire to transform the world if everybody is fat and sick and focused on disease.  A month in Africa teaches me that I am in bondage to food.  I will let it go.  I am a slave of Christ, and free from all else.  I will break the chains to physical need for food through fasting and redefining what food is.  I will fuel my body with nourishment.  I will not be enslaved and addicted to my taste buds.  It has been a journey.  I learned that seventy percent of our food has been genetically modified [GM]since 2005, and GM food damages the gut, where eighty percent of my immunity lies.  So I am working to eliminate GM food—corn, soy, sugar beets, and canola oil.  Read the labels.  High fructose corn syrup, soy lecithin, and sugar are in every box.  Why do half the children in the US have a chronic illness?  I don’t talk about this much, because very few people are willing to surrender their food to God.  I will do it because God wants me to be whole and free.  I will pay the financial and emotional cost to stop comforting myself with false food, and fuel my body for energy.  It’s a resource I can give to God.

This year I have surrendered my finances more fully to God.  I sold my big house on the lake, and I am positioning myself to have fewer financial pressures, and more to make available to God for His plans.  How will He save a nation that has forgotten Him?  How will He heal and provide and direct and show His kindness and favor?  I will never know if my focus is on myself.  Has anybody heard from God lately about these things?  Who is talking about God’s desires and God’s plans?  I want in on it!

God gives us richly ALL things to enjoy (I Timothy 6:17), but we only have three things to give back to Him—time, money, and energy.  If you want in on this adventure, you’ve got to get all three in order, or you’ll just be in neutral expecting the church and God to fix your needs, with no idea of God’s dreams.  I don’t want to drift.  The stakes are too high.  I will make my body a living sacrifice.  I will give my time and money over to the future God dreams of, not what I dream of.  Will you join me?


About thegriefexperience

I have recently published a book for grieving people called Comfort and Joy available at my website, thegriefexperience.com. I received my Doctor of Education degree from the University of Louisville, and also hold a Master of Science degree and a Physician Assistant degree. I lived as a short term missionary in Swaziland, South Africa, prior to my life as a grief coach and author. My story is about the fact that I am an expert in grief, learning through the goodness of God to navigate a life of sudden turns and repeated trauma that brought grief and loss. I have learned about grief as an unwilling student in a life shaken by sudden death, suicide, and devastating illness. I have been widowed three times, and have raised five children in the midst of earthquake life changes. I have counseled, written and taught classes on The Grief Experience because it is what I have learned well. No amount of education or theory prepares you for multiple experiences of death and loss. But I have found healing in Jesus Christ who is the only One who has conquered death. What He has done for me, He will do for you. Visit my blog at TheGriefExperience.Wordpress.com.
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