“What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?”
Papa Kenneth Hagin once gave an example of a preacher who stressed himself out with such a busy schedule that he broke his voice box. He could barely talk for more than a year after that. The man of God, Epaphroditus was also in a similar situation.
Paul talks about it in the book of Phillipians. “Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labour, and fellowsoldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants. For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness, because that ye had heard that he had been sick. For indeed he was sick nigh unto death: but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. For the work of Christ he was nigh unto death, not regarding his life, to supply your lack of service toward me. (Phil 2: 25-27,30).
Epaphroditus worked himself so much, he fell ill and nearly died. It did not matter that his was the work of the ministry; he broke some natural laws and his body responded. James reminds us of how important these laws are in James 2: 15-17: “If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.”
Please pay attention to how your body works and learn to keep it healthy.