Habits of Highly Effective Christ-Followers
Keep the Saw Sharp – Part II
Scripture Reading: Ephesians 4:17-32 NLT
Key Verses: Ephesians 4:21-23 NLT
Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from Him throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.
Have you ever met a Christian who spiritualizes everything in their lives?
Such a person finds it difficult to talk about anything other than their church or their journey with God. They can be very sincere in their desire to please God but turn people off with their inability to find balance in their earthly life. Someone described these types of Christians as being “so heavenly-minded they were of no earthly good”.
The Apostle Paul described Christians who were too worldly-minded:
Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly—mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans? (1 Corinthians 3:1-3)
We must never get to the point in our journey with God that we think we cannot have a balanced social life. It is good to have fun, laugh, and enjoy other people who are around us, even “unchurched” people. It is essential to have friendships outside our “Christian circles” to be good witnesses for the Kingdom of God. Evaluating our relationships with other people can help us renew the social aspects of our lives.
Jesus is our model for perfect balance. He went to weddings and festivals, laughed, and enjoyed life. However, though the devil tempted Him, Jesus never indulged in anything sinful as He enjoyed life with others.
The Bible never calls for us to isolate ourselves from the people of this world such that we do not influence them. Jesus tells us to be light and salt to the people around us. The Apostle Paul taught this as well:
Live wisely among those who are not believers and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone. (Colossians 4:5-6)
As we faithfully read and study the Scriptures, we can learn how to develop a balanced social life.
Father, grant me wisdom to live a balanced life for You. In Jesus’s name, amen.