God created man a tripartite being (spirit, soul and body) to love the Lord and enjoy life and nature. Man was created with the ability to think, love and make decisions, Isa.1:18. Man was made for God; the spirit of man was made to commune with God. Hence, the goal of every Christian is to live a “God-centered (and not self-centered) life”.
When a man accepts Christ as his saviour, Christ takes control of his life. The Holy Spirit gives the power to live a balanced Christ-centered life.
A Christian’s life can be dealt in the four largely classified aspects viz. spiritual, physical, mental and social.
1.THE SPIRITUAL ASPECT (II Pet. 3:18, I Tim. 4:12)
The spiritual area is the power supply for the Christian life. As a motor develops power for a car, the spiritual area produces “fuel” which the Holy Spirit uses to make possible the balance life. The following are the four characteristics that represent the spiritual aspect.
i. The Word of God:
This is one of the most important ways through which God speaks. Without this food, one can never grow strong spiritually. (II Tim. 3:15-17, I Pet. 2:2, Psa. 119:9,11, 97-100,105,165).
Prayer is conversation with God.
A prayer can comprise of four parts.
(a) Adoration : Praise and worship of soul to God (Ps.95:6)
(b) Confession : Repentance from every known sin (Ps.32:5)
(c) Thanks giving : Be thankful for anything, everything (Phil. 4:6)
(d) Supplication : Intercession, requests, Petitions and desires (I Tim. 2:1 )
Our prayers should be directed to God the Father, in the Name of Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit.
God is loving and he wants to give His children all good things. When we obey God’s commands we find a life of joy and demonstrate our love for Him (Jeremial 7:23, I John 5:3, John 14:15, James 1:22)
God gives us the privilege and joyful responsibility of sharing our
New life in Christ with others. It is neither preaching nor arguing, but sharing what we have experienced and what Jesus has done for us. As we make the effort to witness for Him, God will give us the power we need to overcome our fears and be shinning lights for Him.
2.THE PHYSICAL ASPECT (I Cor. 6:1-20)
The Physical area of life provides the vehicle through which God works in our body. If God is to use our body, He must control every aspect of our physical life. Personal cleanliness, care, and discipline of our body play important roles. It is the temple that God has provided for His presence.
i. Appearance (I Tim. 4:12)
Comb, soap, water, needle, thread etc. have a purpose. It is important that our skin is well scrubbed and hair combed and our clothes neat. As an ambassador of Jesus, the outlook, dressings, and actions are important. (II Cor. 5:20). Cleanliness and modesty should characterize our appearance.
ii. Health (I Cor. 6:19)
Proper care of our body will generally help to make us a better instrument for God’s use. Taking food at a proper time, doing adequate exercise and having sleep are essential for good health and development. We do not abuse our body, as it is a gift of God.
iii. Control of Sex (I Cor. 9:27, I Cor. 6:13)
Attraction to the opposite sex is normal, one can never be effective as a person or as God’s servant (Rom. 6:22) if he /she gets involved in relations that God has forbidden. God has given the gift of sex to be enjoyed only within marriage (Heb. 13:14).
iv.Discipline (I Cor. 9:26,27)
The goal of discipline is self-control. Discipline means to “train to proper conduct or action”. Discipline involves conditioning – putting aside unimportant things, in order to reach an important goal.
3.THE MENTAL AREA (Philippians 2:5)
God must control our mind since it directs our body. Developing and disciplining our mind are important steps. Our mind has unlimited potential. Here are four important features that concern with mental capacities.
i. Thoughts (Philippians 4:8)
Thoughts are roots from which grow our attitudes and motives. The things that we plant in our mind determine the kind of thoughts we have (II Cor. 10:5). The Holy Spirit wants to reveal to us some wonderful truths about living. However, He is often limited by how much we read His word. The more we seriously study His word, the more the spirit has to work with and the more spiritual counsel we have to think about.
ii. Attitudes (Pro.23:7)
Attitudes refer mostly to our thoughts and manner towards others. Our attitudes or the way we think about our self and others will greatly affect how we act. A good attitude will result in treating others with love and consideration, a bad attitude will make us behave with pride and selfishness.
iii. Motives (Phil. 1:10)
A motive is a reason for why do we do anything. It is closely related to attitude. Actions originate from motives. For example, a person can do a kind thing fro someone else (1) because he wants others to think very highly of him or (2) because the other person needs the help he can do. Motive number (1) would be a wrong or a selfish motive, whereas the later would be a good and blameless one. But who sees our hearts can judge our motives.
iv.Studies (II Tim. 2:15)
School and College life are very important too. It involves far more than formal classes at school and church. It involves relating what we are learning about history, social studies, and the physical universe to what we are learning about wisdom and understanding which come from God. On the one hand, we need to know about the physical world and on the other, we need to know about the spiritual world …and that comes from a definite plan of study.
Good study habits are essential to enable us to do the very best we can …for God, as well as for our self and others.
4. THE SOCIAL AREA (Col. 3:17)
This area includes all the people in our society – some of them we know now…..at school, at a college or at working spot, in our neighbor hood….and some of them we will know later. Some Christians separate themselves from other people so much that they never attract them for Christ. Do we mix with other people? People of other faith, people who are sick and suffering, people who are in some need or the other. We must accept people, regardless of their race, tribe or job position.
i. Our Associations with others (I John 4:4, James 4:4)
We need to be with people to influence them for Christ. Our involvement with others should add “flavor” (Mat. 5:13). At the same time, we need to guard against close and constant associations with those whose activities would weaken our character and spiritual life.
ii. Our Activities (I Cor.10:31)
Christ must be put firmly in the center of all our activities. God expects us to use the time wisely (Eph. 5:16). Important activities should not be neglected by spending too much time or less important activities.
iii.Our Abilities (I Cor. 4:17)
Everyone has been given at least one talent or ability. Talents should be used to glorify God.
iv. Our Actions (I Sam. 2:3)
Actions are the result of our attitudes and motives. Important goals will not be reached simply by talking or thinking about them. Planning is necessary, but plans must be carried out to be effective. Actions convey the message of love when we do them for the people who are in need.