“Holistic living” almost feels like a cliche these days. I find many use the term without giving it much thought as to what it actually means. Biblical holistic living, not so much. When one chooses to live their life holistically from a biblical standpoint, that means they choose to live out their lives from what the Bible deems as right living: mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually, nutritionally.
It’s important to recognize our Creator created us as interconnected beings. This means we cannot separate one piece of ourselves from the other pieces and still be whole complete beings. When one part of us is “off” then really, then each part of our being is “off.” Therefore it’s important to look at ourselves as whole beings. We have to choose to understand that our body is connected to our mind and our mind is connected to our spirit and our spirit is connected to our body.
May the Elohim of shalom make you completely holy – may your entire spirit, soul and body be kept blameless for the coming of our Master Yahshua the Messiah.”1 Thessalonians 5:23
Biblical Holistic Living Requires A Higher Standard of Being
Biblical Holistic Living requires us to truly believe and trust in every Word spoken by our Father as well as every Word spoken by our Saviour, Yahshua, The Father’s Son. When it comes down this truth, many struggle. Why? Because the church has taught us that the Old Testament is “done away with” and those Laws are for the Jews.
We’ve got to make a decision, and choose to trust The Almighty instead. This means we choose to trust in His intelligent design, believing that His ways are the best ways. And yes, this includes His Torah; His laws, rulings, commands, teachings. All of His mitzvot.
The Torah of YWHW is perfect, restoring the inner person.Psalm 19:7
It Extends Beyond Ourselves
There are other aspects of living a Biblically holistic life than just ourselves as well. How we treat ourselves and present ourselves to our Heavenly Father is so incredibly important. And just as important is how we treat others, both near and far.
All throughout Scripture we are called to take care of the orphans, widows, and the poor among us. And yes, many of us give to a church of choice or an organization, which is great; but many of us don’t even give a second thought about where the purchases we make come from.
I believe we are hindering our relationship with our Creator when we ignore these issues. Where our food comes from matters. Where the clothes we purchase comes from, matters. The companies we choose to support matters. It all matters because it’s all connected. Just like our bodies, minds and souls are interconnected, our relationships with others are interconnected through how we conduct our lives.
Learn to do good! Seek justice, relieve the oppressed, defend orphans, plead for the widow.Isaiah 1:17
Give justice to the weak and fatherless! Uphold the rights of the wretched and poor! Rescue the destitute and needy; deliver them from the power of the wicked!”Psalm 82:3-4
It’s important to understand that we cannot fulfill these commandments, these callings if we choose to continue to support companies that do not provide fair wages and fair working conditions. And if we want to truly honour our Heavenly Father with our entire life and being, then we need to prayerfully consider where we shop, what we purchase and how far-reaching the effects are.
To conclude, to live a truly Biblical holistic life, it means we live out our lives based on the intelligent wisdom and design of our Heavenly Father, our Creator, YHWH. It means we apply His laws to every aspect of our lives: mentally, emotionally, physically, nutritionally, financially, spiritually, relationally.
I encourage you today to seek His wisdom, get quiet and listen. Make the decision to see His entire Word as Truth and begin to live it today. Become a true following, a real disciple, of Yahshua (Jesus), our Saviour, and begin to live the way He lived: righteous, holy, obeying the Father’s every Word, His Torah.
However, all this will happen only if you pay attention to what YHWH your Elohim says, so that you obey his mitzvot and regulations which are written in this book of the Torah, if you turn to YHWH your Elohim with all your heart and all your being. 11 For this mitzvah which I am giving you today is not too hard for you, it is not beyond your reach. 12 It isn’t in the sky, so that you need to ask, ‘Who will go up into the sky for us, bring it to us and make us hear it, so that we can obey it?’ 13 Likewise, it isn’t beyond the sea, so that you need to ask, ‘Who will cross the sea for us, bring it to us and make us hear it, so that we can obey it?’ 14 On the contrary, the word is very close to you — in your mouth, even in your heart; therefore, you can do it!
Truly seek Him in every aspect of your life and He will bless you and honour you for seeking Him and obeying Him.