Bella Vista Church of Christ

LIFELINES

04/08/2020

Randall Caselman

 

Becoming A Whole Person

 

  Well, we're all struggling with this Covid-19 issue. Some are paranoid, others pay no attention to the danger. Somewhere there is a middle ground, as Paul says; "let your moderation beknown." This seems to be the correct path. I believe we need to focus our attention on the fact that for our overall well-being, we must consider the whole person:

 

  The Physical... Now's the time to focus on proper nutrition, exercises, medication; things that keep us strong physically. In our anxiousness, worry, fear, it's easy to let these slip. It's easy to stay in our pajamas and watch the bad, fear-inducing news all day long. Let's get off the couch, out of our recliners, shower, shave, put on our makeup, even get out of the house. Take a walk, a long walk, maybe a drive; enjoy the new look of spring; count the Dogwood & Redbud trees in your neighborhood; search for the Wisteria, the Azaleas. God's garden is worth viewing. Indeed!...

 

• The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.

 

• In His hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to Him. The sea is His, for He made it, and His hands formed the dry land.

 

• He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men.

 

• The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth. In Him we live and move and have our being. ‘We are his offspring.’

 

  Emotional... Stop Worrying! Count our blessings. We've become so consumed with Covid-19 fears that we've forgotten that we live in the best of time ever! We have had, do have, more blessings than any people before us. Perhaps it's time to name those things we've taken for granted for so long: Gathering with family, friends, going to church, out to eat; attending sporting events, shopping, pursuing a hobby. Who would have thought that going to the grocery store or recycle was a blessing, but now it is!!

 

• Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.

 

• He who sacrifices thank-offerings honors Me, and he prepares the way so that I may show him My salvation.

 

• Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

 

  Social... Wow! Who would have thought that we would become so lonely so quickly? Our family of 23 got together last Friday on "Zoom." We needed that. Some of us met Monday evening in our son's backyard; brought our own sack-supper, stayed apart; but we were together. Perhaps one of the good things to come of this situation is that we will never take for granted our need and appreciation for togetherness, that we will forever cherish relationships in family, friendship, church, and at work. We were made for one another! Church, isn't it time we let go of the small stuff; cultivate our relationships with others by 1) Loving them as ourselves, 2) Forgiving them. 3) Placing their interest before our own selfish self.

 

• The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”

 

• The entire law is summed up in a single command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

 

• Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.

 

•Never repay evil for evil... As far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge... Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

 

• Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

 

  Financial... Even the casual Bible student knows that: Peace, Joy, Happiness, Contentment are not found in our pocket book, bank account, or stock portfolio; but within us. Scripture teaches that genuine joy is found in sharing with those who are hurting. Now is the time, today is the day, to practice pure religion. Job losses are soaring, people are hurting. Perhaps God is watching how we will respond with our stimulus money; with the love of money, or love of our fellowman? Indeed, most of us have more than we need, so will we horde our surplus, or use it to God's glory?

 

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: To look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

 

• We must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.

 

• Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

 

• Do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.

 

If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?

 

  Spiritual... Isn't it time to take stock of where we stand with God and with one another? God has blessed most of us with additional time, time to think; what are we thinking on? Are we right with our creator? Have we accepted the Grace Gift of His Son by faith and obedience to the Gospel message? Are we walking in the light of His truth?

 

• For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

 

• For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God -- not by works, so that no-one can boast.

 

You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.

 

If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

 

  Listen church, isn't it time that we stop our complaining: Be still and know that God is, and that He is in control, walking with us? And that together we will get through this situation?

 

  Let me suggest that:

 

1) We take time each day to carefully read Psalm 23.

 

2) Thanking God for His promise to never leave us or forsake us.

 

3) May we close each day's reading with a prayer that God help us search for good things we can do for others.

 

  Perhaps the best to way battle this pandemic is by becoming God's Whole Person. May He bless our attempts at becoming a whole person, allowing Him to touch and regulate every arena of our life. Amen?

 

—Randall Caselman