Keeping your life in balance
When the clothes in the washing machine are unevenly balanced, the machine will shake, rattle and make all kinds of noise. When your automobile tires are severely out of balance, the steering wheel will shake, eventually wearing out the tire tread. As proper balancing is required in some things of life, in much the same way, we need balance in our spiritual lives to survive.
The Apostle Paul gives us a partial picture of what a balanced life should look like: “I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:1-3).
The first principle is to live worthwhile lives. As the children of God, we should live in a way that shows others that we have been made new in Christ. People should see the influence of Christ’s Spirit dwelling in us through our very words, actions and attitudes.
The second principle is to live with the proper attitude. I refer to this as our overall “spiritude” — our spiritual attitude as we go through life. Paul provides us with four characteristics that should be evidenced in our lives:
Humbleness — Christians know they cannot earn God’s favor; they have been saved by grace alone. They no longer believe in the “all about me” syndrome in much of society today. They serve Jesus, not themselves.
Meekness — When Christians experience God’s grace, they will be promoters of grace to all with whom they come in contact. They will exhibit a gentle and loving spirit and not be abrasive and argumentative.
Patience — Christians who exercise patience do not allow negative circumstances to hinder their progress for Christ. They focus on what God has ahead instead of dwelling on past failures and hindrances.
Love – the best description of Christian love (charity) is found in I Corinthians 13, “Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.” These should be the traits that characterize our life, for these are the traits that give the world a picture of God. We are called to be holy as He is holy.
The third principle is to live with a goal of unity and peace. Instead of concentrating on what may divide us, we seek that which unites us: one body, one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God! We are representatives of Christ. Our goal is not to promote ourselves; it is to draw attention to Him! Get in balance today!