2 Ways You Can Find Balance in the Christian Life

2 Ways You Can Find Balance in the Christian Life

by Wayne Stiles

I’m convinced that one of the greatest challenges we face is finding balance in the Christian life.Think of a man walking on the high wire. There’s never a point at which he says, “Finally, I have balance!” and then just strolls across effortlessly. Balancing life’s tightrope proves no different.

It is a continual effort with constant adjustment.

Tightrope walking 2 Ways You Can Find Balance in the Christian Life

(Photo by Wiros from Barcelona, Spain CC-BY-SA-2.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

“All we need,” we keep telling ourselves, “is just a little more time.”

Have you ever noticed that somehow Jesus balanced it all? The demands of His work and ministry left Him exhausted at times, of course—yet somehow He found time to get it all done.

Jesus perfectly balanced the demands of life—with the same 24 hours we have.

Here’s how.

Jesus, the Model of Balance

The life of Jesus revealed a number practical ways to pursue balance in the Christian life. Everything the Father expected of Jesus He completed. Everything. Look at His words:

“I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.” —John 17:4 NIV

Jesus’ opportunities were immense. The needs He faced demanded attention. Legitimate needs. Desperate needs. More urgent needs than any of us will ever face. And yet, Jesus walked away from many of them.

How?

Jesus Models 2 Ways You Can Find Balance in the Christian Life

1. Look to God, not to Others, to Determine Your Priorities. Jesus determined His priorities by spending time with the Father. Look carefully:

In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there. Simon and his companions searched for Him; they found Him, and *said to Him, “Everyone is looking for You.” He said to them, “Let us go somewhere else to the towns nearby, so that I may preach there also; for that is what I came for.” —Mark 1:35–38 (emphasis added)

How could Jesus walk away from needs that only He could meet? Because the Father had different priorities for Jesus than simply a healing ministry. The healing balanced the teaching.

And even though the people would have preferred Jesus to choose differently, He determined instead to please the Father. Accordingly, Jesus was misunderstood, rejected, even crucified—and yet, He was successful.

God’s priorities for you and people’s expectations of you will seldom go in tandem. (Tweet that.)

2. Say No, So that You Can Say Yes. Jesus said no—so that He could say yes to what was most important.  Only by gleaning our priorities from Scripture will we be able to make confident decisions amidst overwhelming demands. We can choose many good things and end up missing the best things—the essential priorities.

Don’t fall for the lie that states that a good Christian should never say no to legitimate needs.

I once heard someone say, “Balance is like a pendulum; it’s that brief moment in the middle when you’re swinging from one extreme to the other.” Part of our pursuit of balance contains the realization that it is never perfectly achieved.

The pursuit of balance is the goal. So don’t be frustrated with the constant effort.

Only when we know what to say yes to can we say no everything else. (Tweet that.)

Question: What helps you stay balanced?

 

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2 Responses to 2 Ways You Can Find Balance in the Christian Life

  1. Great advice. I believe the essential thing in Christian service is to know, without any doubt, that the particular ministry we are called to is the will of God for us. When we know it is His calling, we don’t waste time quibbling over the hows and whens, but get on with the job, in His strength and enabling.

    We might be asked to perform many tasks, all good, worthwhile projects, all spiritually beneficial and even necessary for the function of the body of Christ . . . but maybe God has someone else chosen for that task. If I try to do it because ‘it must be done’ or for any other reason, I might achieve some sort of benefit, but unless it is God’s will for me, it will NOT achieve HIS results. (I have seen many problems in a Church because the wrong people are ‘trying’ to do the wrong job)

    We can be “run off our feet” in many areas of life, and so busy that we are unbalanced, but when we are “run off our feet” (very busy) in God’s service according to His will, He undertakes and we maintain our balance.

  2. ptl2010 says:

    When we are clear of God’s calling for my life it will be the reference for my living a balanced life in Jesus. Without that knowledge i may be reaching out for everything that comes and detracts from God’s will and calling.

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