8/3/2015 Brief Thoughts: Living in Balance

“All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything.” (1 Cor 6:12-13)

“An overseer, then, must be…temperate, prudent…” (1 Tim 3:2)

Balance is critical to the walk of the disciple. He can engage in many pursuits, even biblical ones, but must not be mastered by any of them. He can throw himself in to mission and purpose [bearing fruit], and ignore his time with God [abiding in Him] which leads to self-motivated ministry, pride, and burn out. Or, he can spend all his time engaged in personal meditations and neglect his mission leading to isolationism, laziness, and the accumulation of knowledge without love. He can be an over-achiever for God and forget to rest in God, or he can over-rest in God at the expense of achieving anything. The disciple is a holy, Spirit-led warrior, and a redeemed sinner. The disciple understands the Spirit makes him run, while at the same time the flesh hinders him. He is a “new creature in Christ” (2 Cor. 5) with “sin dwelling in him” (Rom. 7). At the same moment he needs to exult and repent. At the same second he needs to be bold in his spirit and contrite in his spirit.

We are told to partake in all of these things, but allowing one to master us at the expense of its balancing counterpart inevitably leads to trouble. While understanding all things are lawful for him, nonetheless the disciple knows he needs to be temperate and prudent at all times, seeking the balances in life God desires for in doing so he moves forward with wisdom. He does this because we are told in Psalms111 and Proverbs 9 “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,” and living in balance steers us clear of pride and in to a healthy fear of God. When a man allows these balances to temper his steps, he walks in wisdom. The head and the heart function as one, the Spirit and the flesh function as one, and he and his God function as one. Such oneness is not possible if he allows himself to be mastered by living life catering to extremes.

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