It has been years ago, but I distinctly remember one of my elders at church stressing the importance of balance in the Christian life. When I was deep in my sin of effeminacy, I was completely out of balance … I was unstable. This is because I was doubting, not walking by faith. James 1 is clear on this, “… for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” This is “the error of Balaam” as described by Jude. His story is told in the book of Numbers, chapters 22-24. Basically, Balaam tried to have one foot in the world and the other foot in the kingdom of God. 1 John 2 says, “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” God eventually took the life of Balaam … he died violently by the sword in battle.
One of the most powerful verses in my life, with respect to balance, is found in Psalm 119:160, “The sum of Your word is truth, and every one of Your righteous ordinances is everlasting.” (NASB). In order to have balance in the Christian life, you have to take into account all that God says, both in the Old Testament and the New Testament. It all fits together to make a unified, total and balanced picture of God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit, the kingdom of God, walking by faith, the saints … so many subjects for balance in the Christian life. That is why I have so many different pages and topics.
Part of having balance is understanding what King Solomon is saying in Ecclesiastes 3 … “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven …” He goes on to list times that occur in our life, like, “A time to be born, and a time to die.” The Apostle Paul spoke of this in Philippians 4, “Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.” His next statement is key to having balance: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” That even means leaving the transgender lifestyle behind and following Christ wherever He leads you. For me it means speaking the truth to myself and to you in love.
“The entirety of Your word is truth …” Ps. 119:160