A false balance is an abomination to the Lord, but a just weight is his delight. – Proverbs 11:1
God is balanced, meaning God cares about our whole person and our whole life. Proverbs 20:23 says, “a false balance is not good”. Job 31:6 says, “Let me be weighed in an even balance”. An unbalanced Christian lifestyle is not pleasing to God, but a balanced life is good!
Our Father desires that we enjoy divine life and divine order in every department of our lives. Christ came to make everything in our life a spiritual adventure. A balanced life starts with intimate fellowship with God and puts Him first in all aspects of our life.
I recently read an acrostic that simply said: PIES. It stands for Physical, Intellectual, Emotional and Spiritual. Maintaining a healthy, biblical balance is a lifelong challenge and a life-enhancing task.
What are some of the areas in which we need balance in our lives?
- First of all, we need balance between the different dimensions of our lives: a) Psychological, b) Social, c) Spiritual, d) Physical and e) Vocational.
- We need psychological balance between the: Mind, Will and Emotions
- We need balance in our physical lives: Rest, Exercise, Work and Recreation.
- We need balance socially: family vs. friends; believers vs. unbelievers, etc.
- We need balance in Christian doctrine: a truth pushed too far is heresy.
- We need balance in our intake of God’s Word.
- We need balanced prayer: adoration, confession, thanksgiving, supplication
- We need balance in Christian discipleship: being a disciple and making disciples.
- We need balance between worship and ministry.
- We need balance between biblically faithfulness and cultural relevance.
Just as a Church needs to be committed to becoming as healthy and balanced as possible, so does the Christian. We all aspire to be both biblical faithful and culturally relevant. We don’t want to be so heavenly minded we are no earthly good and… We don’t want to be so earthly minded that we are no heavenly good.
While no one ever achieves perfect balance in this life time, as we understand this biblical principle and seek to follow the example of Jesus Christ in the way He matured and developed we’ll become better adjusted, more well-rounded and enjoy the kind of life that John described in: John 10:10b, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the fullest. How do you monitor the divine-human balance in your life?
SOMETIMES TRUE STORIES
Top Ten Thoughts on Growing Older – Reno Zunz
10. Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it!
9. The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for!
8. Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me; I want people to know why I look this way. I’ve traveled a long way, and some of the roads weren’t paved!
7. When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to your youth, think of Algebra!
6. You know you are getting old when everything either dries up or leaks!
5. If you don’t learn to laugh at trouble, you won’t have anything to laugh at when you’re old!
4. One of the many things no one tells you about aging is that it’s such a nice change from being young!
3. One must wait until evening to see how splendid the day has been!
2. Being young is beautiful, but being old is comfortable!
1. I don’t know how I got over the hill without ever getting to the top!
QUOTES YOU CAN USE
In the Bible, God never gives anyone an easy job. God never comes to Abraham, or Moses, or Esther and says, “I’d like you to do me a favor, but it really shouldn’t take much time. J. Ortberg
Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Psalm 18:32-34 The God who equipped me with strength and made my way blameless. He made my feet like the feet of a deer and set me secure on the heights. He trains my hands for war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
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