How to Keep Spiritual Balance in the Crazy World Today
Keeping a spiritual balance between “earthly good” and “heavenly good” is important to our everyday walk with Christ. Since this is a fallen world, we automatically tap into our earthly ways. It is easy for us to be in this state, but eventually it wears us down. Paul says in Romans 8:6-8 that to live spiritually balanced is to live life in peace.
This does not mean that we should ignore the natural. If we are so heavenly minded, then we will miss being able to relate with others. This was the problem with the Pharisees during Jesus’ time. Their spiritual balance was way off! They believed that works is what got you to Heaven and completely ignored people who were not living up to their standards. A spiritual person will always humble themselves. James 2:15-16 describes providing for others and nurturing physical needs. When we are so focused on leading a spiritual life, we could fall to spiritual deception.
With this being said, we can’t live so “naturally” that we create idols all around us. Paul discusses in Galatians to live by the Spirit and we will not fall to our sinful nature. We still must go to the Bible whenever situations arise and strive to live like Christ daily. Christ was literally the King of spiritual balance. He was perfectly God and man. He was tempted as we are tempted, but never sinned. He knew the Bible very well and knew exactly what to say to fight off the enemy.
So, how do we as sinners keep a spiritual balance in our lives? In I Corinthians 15:46, the Bible tells us that the natural must come first, and afterward the spiritual. Some churches today have lost the Hebrew heritage. Jerusalem, Israel and the Jewish people as a whole are vitally important. They paint us a picture of spiritual realities. The people of Jerusalem knew that God, who is spiritual, was going to return to the natural Jerusalem. Two commandments that Christ gives us to keep a spiritual balance are told in Matthew 22:37-39. We are told to, “Love the Lord with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Immediately after, we are told to, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” One is spiritual and one is natural. When the two are a spiritual balance, we will truly be at peace. There will be times where the needs of others will come before our daily Bible reading. We are called to serve others for the glory of God. In John 19:26-27, while Jesus is dying on the cross to give all sinners eternal spiritual redemption, he is giving his disciples instructions on how to take care of his mother. Here, we realize that there is no spiritual matter that will be absent from interruptions of human nature. While living in Swaziland, Africa, my team and I had to realize that most of the time God wanted us to just be in fellowship with the people and then He would work through us in terms of spirituality. Sometimes even the tiniest of gestures would create great spiritual works through Christ! It brought us such peace to know that Christ was there. All we needed to do was have faith in Him.
Spiritual balance is an ongoing process. No one is ever going to have it all together like Christ did, but we can strive to grow in Him spiritually and love people naturally. We do not need to focus on one more than the other. Reverend Jim Nochta said, “We can become so heavenly minded that we are no earthly good.” We should all strive to have a spiritual balance in our lives and pursue Christ daily.
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