“Brothers and Sisters, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us.” (Philippians 3:17)
Paul is of course referencing his life. Some will argue that he is speaking strictly of his spiritual life. I am not convinced that is an acceptable argument. The body, mind and spirit are all connected, each affecting the health of the other two.
In I Cor. Paul speaks of doing all he does for the glory of the Father and to build the kingdom. He sets the example: “So I do not run uncertainly or box like one who hits only air. Instead I subdue my body and make it my slave, so that after preaching to others I myself will not be disqualified.”
(1 Corinthians 9:26–27 NET)
I was disqualifying myself by not caring for my physical body while trying grow spiritually and mentally. I am learning that I need to have a balance of spiritual, mental and physical health.
So, will you imitate me?