Our devotion centers around this thought “Are We a Balanced Christian?” My text is Philippians 4:12-13, where we see “I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (KJV) How many times have we purposed to be a better Christian, to honor our Savior more and grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord, only to find ourselves failing to do the things we’ve determined to do? More than likely, when we fail in our Christian walk, it is because we’ve failed to maintain a Biblical balance in our spiritual life. When we notice that our physical condition is out of balance, we start exercising, eating healthier more nutritious foods and a lot of other things to get a proper balance.
In our text, the apostle Paul tells the church at Philippi that he knows how to be abased, or to be humbled, and he knows how to abound, or to live in prosperity. He tells them that he is instructed to be both full and hungry, to suffer need and also to have all of his needs met. The apostle Paul is bringing to their heart that the believer must live a life of spiritual balance in order to honor their Savior and be an encouragement to others. The only way that this balance can be accomplished is through the strength that only Christ can give the believer desiring this balance. To live a balanced Christian life will enable us to accomplish our goals to glorify our Lord, to walk close with Him and allow the life of Christ to be manifested to others. In the next few devotions, we’re going to look at some areas of the Christian life that needs to be balanced in order to accomplish this.
Pastor Joey Durham