Are You Balanced?
The following article was written by Pastors Jim and Marguerite Reeve. They have an amazing church called Faith Community in California. Troy and I have been to their church and really appreciate their consistent leadership. I feel you will enjoy what God has put on their hearts.
Keeping a balance between the Word and the Spirit is vital. Zeal for the Lord without wise judgment can lead to disaster, while the Word without the Spirit can produce dry orthodoxy. “You are in error because you don’t know the scriptures or the power of God.” (Matthew 22:29 Message) I like to put it this way: If you have the Spirit without the Word, you blow up. If you have the Word without the Spirit, you dry up. If you have both the Word and the Spirit, you grow up. While all Christians grow old; not all grow up.
We’ve all seen people who have a passion to do something, but not the wisdom to get the job done. Or visa versa. Part of growing up is learning to keep our heads and hearts aligned. Like a car out of alignment, we can veer onto the wrong path and end up in serious error if we don’t keep our lives aligned with the Word of God. God wants us to stay on course and not miss out on what He has for us!
2 Samuel 11:1 is the story of King David who we are told “had a heart after God.” But David got bored, didn’t keep his thought life in alignment with the Word, and committed adultery. The Word says we are to redeem the time—mark out our days with purpose. If we’re bored,…too bad! We need to go to work or school with a mandate—a sense of purpose. We shouldn’t look at being a single parent as a burden to bear—it is our calling!
Acts 9 tells how the apostle Paul had murdered Jews, believing he was doing good. It took Paul 12 years to align his thinking and go from murderer to apostle, so don’t get frustrated if your loved ones aren’t changing as fast as you’d like them to!
The Bible is our compass, our true north. We need to make choices that align our thoughts and emotions with truth. “I just can’t do it! I can’t afford it. I can’t forgive her/him. We’ll never be able to buy a house. We’ll never have a baby. I’ll never have a good marriage. I’ll never have a good husband. I’ll never get healed. I’ll never lose weight. I’ll never be a good parent…” are not thoughts aligned with the Word. “The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the spirit is life and peace.” (Romans 8:6 NIV)
Through Balanced Living we can give people the opportunity to “taste and see” that an abundant, fruitful, joy filled life can be theirs. Everybody has the freedom of choice; nobody has freedom from consequence. But how can people make the choice, if they’ve never been given the opportunity?
Daily we are bombarded in the media with reports of a bad economy where there’s not enough” —not enough jobs…not enough money… not enough food. It’s great to know that God provides for us “according to His riches” … and His supply is inexhaustible!
Wasn’t that good? I really loved the past about living life with balance. It has tripped up so many people by not having that balance. What areas do you see where we could stand to be a little more balanced as believers?