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3 Lessons in Longevity: How Is Your Mobility, Strength, and Balance?

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By Drew Crandall, Co-Chair, CalledToWork.org

Longevity is a noun that means long duration or length of an individual life.

Ultimately, our lives are in the Lord’s Hand. If we die today, we die today. Absent from the body, present with the Lord. In Christ, we are eternally secure. In Christ, we are sealed by the Holy Spirit unto the day of redemption. We need not fear death. We may not look forward to the process of dying, but the sting of death is gone!

But, would you admit that deep inside, you still have a desire to live “longer?” (I’m 68 years old, and I do!)

God willing, there are things that people can do to prolong their lives. For example, in the medical field, there are several well-known enhancers and indicators of longevity, including:

–Mobility

–Strength

–Balance

Physically, if you have mobility, strength and balance, you’re more likely to experience longevity. If you don’t have these things, you’re likely to erode more rapidly, shortening your life span. To some extent, you can slow the deteriorating aging process by being proactively mobile, keeping and building bodily strength and maintaining your ability to balance through appropriate physical exercise and activity.

Spiritually, I suggest that there are three parallels that also affect your longevity:

Spiritual Mobility

Mark 16:15 says, “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”

Matthew 28:19-20 say, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”

If you wake up every day and GO, obeying the Word and the Spirit and doing the work of the Lord, your “spiritual mobility” is likely to enhance your longevity. Why? Because you’ll be motivated each day, enthused and excited to live out God’s divine purpose for your life. You won’t be plagued by lethargy, laziness, apathy and boredom–things that can erode you physically, mentally, emotionally, financially and spiritually. They’re inter-related.

Spiritual Strength

Psalm 28:7 says, “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.”

Psalm 29:11 says, “The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace.”

Isaiah 40:29 says, “He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.”

2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

If you wake up every day, trusting in Him and being full of the Holy Spirit, your “spiritual strength” is more likely to enhance your longevity. Why? Because you won’t be living in weakness, vulnerability and fear–things that can erode you physically, mentally, emotionally, financially and spiritually. They’re inter-related.

Spiritual Balance

Philippians 4:5 says, “Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.”

If you wake up every day, seeking to live a balanced life in Him, your “spiritual balance” is more likely to enhance your longevity. Why? Because you won’t be prone to the extremes that lead to excessiveness, addiction, temptation, legalism and license–things that can erode you physically, emotionally, mentally, financially and spiritually. They’re inter-related.

How does today’s message relate to you personally? I don’t know, but the Holy Spirit does. Ask Him for divine discernment. It’s very likely that there’s a nugget in here specifically for you today. God’s Word never returns void. It always accomplishes the purpose for which it is sent. May I hear an Amen?

Drew Crandall is the founder of Northeast Christians At Work (ChristAtWork.org) and the co-chair of Called To Work (CalledToWork.org), a global bilingual workplace ministry that publishes materials in English and Chinese.