Develop a Balanced Life

Luke 2:52 states,

“And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.”

Jesus developed a balanced life.

As believers we, too, should live a balanced life. Yet the truth is that many Christians are unbalanced and often extremists. Either we only care about the spiritual and ignore the physical, or we place too much emphasis on the physical dimension and too little on the spiritual.

I had a friend who was a body builder in the 1960s. Back then many weight lifters focused on their upper body and ignored their legs. He had this massive upper body, but skinny legs. His lack of symmetry and out-of-proportion physique looked completely out of balance and extreme –– almost grotesque.

God wants believers to be balanced. He cares about our physical, emotional, and spiritual development and well being.

We must be careful that we do not keep in shape and seek to have a healthy body merely because it is the current trend or because we want to sculpt our bodies so we can wear more revealing clothes to impress everyone with our great physiques. We should do it so we can truly glorify God with every aspect of our lives.

It’s great if we can add ten or fifteen years to our life spans with good, healthful living, but it is more important that we come to know the source of abundant and eternal life, Jesus Christ. He said,

“I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).

As I read in Scripture concerning God’s precise requirements for construction and care for the tabernacle and temple in the Old Testament, I realize the tremendous responsibility to take care of my body, the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19, 20).

In order to achieve our maximum potential in Christ we must develop balanced lives. This includes taking care of our bodies (temples of the Holy Spirit) and offering them to God as “living sacrifices” (Romans 12:1). It also consists of our minds being filled and renewed by God’s Word and living according to its truth (Romans 12:2). This results in mental and emotional health and having “the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:16).

Above all, we must grow spiritually by living under His Lordship, being led by His Spirit, and seeking to be conformed to His image (Romans 8:29).

When the world sees how our faith in Christ positively impacts every aspect of our lives –– physically, mentally/emotionally, and spiritually –– many will want to know the Christ we serve. We will also have increased energy and vitality for accomplishing the Lord’s will.

The preceding article was excerpted from Bill’s book Reaching Your Maximum Potential in Christ.