When you consider all three senses of the Gospel, you begin to understand the call. Paul commands all believers to live consistent with the calling – or the Gospel. As believers, we are saved from sin and toward a new life of good works in Christ, become part of God’s one family, and receive the power of the Holy Spirit. This is the essence of the Gospel.
Balance. That’s a word I wish a few people knew more about. In the recent past, the idea of balance seems to have disappeared in society. People’s responses to each other and pressured circumstances seems to swing from one end of the spectrum to the other.
Yet, balance is important in many ways. In life as individuals nor in society are we expected to live on the extremity. Instead, we seek to do what we can to live as followers of God who engage the world with a sense of perspective which does not change or pivot with each new news report, viral video, or wild idea.
In fact, Paul the Apostle suggested living in balance as one of the critical areas where you demonstrate a true relationship with God. If you can understand how he is challenging you to live, then your life and all your relationships can change. Further, the benefits you reap in your daily walk with God will benefit you greatly.
(This particular text is so important for daily living, I teach it to every couple in preparation for marriage. I often share it with couples having marital problems as well. When both the husband and wife commit to this kind of balanced living, the change is dramatic.)
Let me explain.
Living in Balance
Paul wrote to the Ephesians:
1 I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, 2 with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, 3 endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. (Ephesians 4:1-6)