Pastor Jonathan Chow

In reading through Genesis, I’m reminded that you and I, human beings, were created as the crowning glory of God’s creation. We were made body, soul and spirit, to bear the image of our Creator and reflect his splendour. 

When God created us body, soul and spirit, he called each dimension of our being “very good.” And when Jesus redeemed us from the effects of sin, he redeemed each part of us so that we can give all of ourselves to his service. We are physical, emotional and spiritual creatures, and we need to be careful not to overlook any part of who God has created us to be.

Are you aware of the entirety of your being?

Your body is a core part of who you are. Following in Jesus’ footsteps, we will rise again in the last days with new bodies – yet it will still bear the marks of our bodies today (Luke 24:39). Glorifying God with your body means keeping it active, healthy and free of fleshly excesses. How are you looking after your body?

Your soul is the centre of your emotional self. Sometimes, we can overlook the importance of emotional wellbeing when we hold onto unhealthy ideas such as “shed blood, not tears.” In reality, being able to express our feelings genuinely, respectfully and boldly is key to honouring God with our souls. Are you in touch with your soul?

Your spirit is what makes you unique amongst all creation. It allows you to draw near to God and have a relationship with him. It is the part of you that yearns and longs to know its Creator, yet we can often neglect the very spiritual disciplines that open our hearts to God’s call. How are you caring for your spirit?

Being a human means we are body, soul and spirit, created for the glory of God. Let us not neglect any part of who we are, but serve him as whole beings.

“May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.”