2 Ways to Find Balance in the Christian Life

One of our greatest challenges is finding balance in the Christian life. Think of a person on a tightrope. There’s never a point where they just stroll across effortlessly. Balance requires continual effort.

2 Ways You Can Find Balance in the Christian Life

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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

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.


Seeking balance in the Christian life

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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:

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

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.
  • 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.

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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? To leave a comment, just click here.

Adapted from Wayne Stiles, “All of Me: Growing as a Whole Person,” Growing Like Jesus: Pursuing Health for the Whole Person (IFL Publishing House, 2009).

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  • Judy

    This really hit home with me today. Since returning home from Israel last June. My life and priorities have changed. The rose colored glasses are gone and I choose to change some things in my life that some people don’t understand why or encourage me in my changes. God is calling still. I want to stay open to the Master’s voice. I can’t do that when I am trying to please people. God is who I need to please. Thanks for the encouragement today! Be Blessed

  • john

    What helps me stay balanced is that I’m alive for one reason and that’s to please Christ

    • That’s a pretty simple mind set, John. And a great one! We live to please only Him.

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  • Sheena

    Will help me stay balanced is waking up in the morning reading the Word of God asking God to help me throughout my day

    • That’s a marvelous plan, Sheena. Thanks much for letting me know about it.

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  • true_blesser

    Jesus’ statement, “…these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone” (Matthew 23:23b), shows balance is continuing the good you are doing and making efforts to supply the missing link.

    • That’s a great insight; thanks! Those words from Christ also give us insight into the importance of priorities in the balance.