Jesus was wholly healthy. That is to say, He was healthy in every aspect of His life—mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally (see Luke 2:52). This is important to note because Christians are called to be healthy in all of these same areas.
The phrase Dr. Luke uses about Christ’s growth is a telling one: Jesus grew in favor with men. People liked having Jesus around. The word for favor is from the same root word where we also get grace. So Jesus was a graceful man.
What does it mean when someone is graceful? It means they are pleasant to be around … you feel safe around them, knowing they will never belittle you or put you down … their focus is on your agenda, not their own … they are a “there you are!” person, not a “here I am!” person.
Bottom line: they are filled with love for others.
Jesus was healthy in His mind, His body, His spirit and His emotions, which allowed Him to be in a unique place where He fully knew how powerful He was, yet He chose to use His power not for His own benefit, but to serve others (see John 13:1-4).
Healthy love loves God and then serves God by loving and serving others. Only a wholly healthy person can truly serve with a right attitude…
- People with unhealthy thoughts won’t serve because they don’t know they’re supposed to serve.
- People with unhealthy bodies can’t serve because their disease won’t let them.
- People with unhealthy spirits shouldn’t serve because they are promoting hypocrisy.
- People with unhealthy emotions don’t serve because their attitude gets in the way.
Jesus not only told us His loving service was an example for us (John 13:15-17), but He went on to say that our loving service would be an example for others (vv. 34-35).
Healthy love loves God and then serves God by loving and serving others.
Do you have that kind of healthy love? Are you becoming wholly healthy enough to serve?
Ask yourself these questions:
- What do I know that I’m not yet doing?
- What will it take for me to turn knowing into doing?
- Can people tell I am growing wholly healthier year by year?