There’s a difference between being healthy and being healthier. Over the last 3 months, I’ve lost a lot of weight for me. And as I get healthier, with the full disgust of what I used to be in my mind, I’m stoked. And it only takes one conversation to come back down. Only one conversation to remember the difference between thin and thinner, healthy and healthier.

If you tell someone about your weight loss, the response is usually “Good for you!” with a thumbs up. My wife’s response to achieving my latest goal was classic, “Let’s celebrate! With celery!” In other words, “Great job, but slow down, big fella. You’ve still got a long way to go.”

This is why I am so thankful for Justification. Whenever that giant distance between godly and godlier comes out, I need to know I’m forgiven.  I think my kids are making me less selfish. I think my daily bible exposure is teaching me more.  But I’ll never be done, never good enough.

When God forgives us, He makes us healthy. He makes us just. One way to remember how we are justified is to say “God made it just-as-if-I’d never sinned.” Forgiven totally.  I may not be healthy, but I am forgiven.

At the same time, we do want to be healthier. This is what we call Sanctification. Slowly but surely, God, who accepts us totally in Christ, makes us look more like His Son. Makes us healthier.

Galatians 2:16 says:
16 yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.

I am so thankful God has made me just, made me healthy, in Christ. Even a chubby guy like me.