Dynamic Balance

Living a balanced Christian Life

Key Text: Philippians 3:13-15. Supporting Texts: Luke 14:26; Eph 5-6; Hebrews 12:1-2

·         Introduction

The topic today is living a balanced life. The life gurus talk about this. The thought of it is daunting to say the least. We get this picture of a weighted scale trying to get the sides to balance: family, work, God, trying to place micro-grams on each side getting them to balance out so we can have a happy life in all areas and we make ourselves crazy trying to get it just right. (Maybe this is just a guy thing because I remember growing up with my Dad and watching him make the cabinets in our kitchen and how everything had to be just perfect before it would be “done”).

There are two problems with this idea of balance

  1. You get more stressed out on how to keep the balance than actually living because things change.
  2. It is not a Biblical

Another Definition of Balance:

I was getting a tire changed on my car and the guy took the tire and placed it on a machine and this machine spun the tire at highway speeds and if there is a wobble he would stop the machine and add a little weight. He told me this is called dynamic balancing. The little light went on inside my head. This is what is needed in life is dynamic balance

·         What is Dynamic Balance

Dynamic balance is active not static. It is in a word a commitment. Commitments to a goal, when a car is driving all four wheels are heading in the same direction. If you have never seen this, try watching a 10 year old with a new video game. My nephew got a new video game “Rock Hero II”.  The day he got it, it was painful to watch and listen with the missed notes kunking, pinging and making other awful sounds. 10 days later he is waling away on expert level. He was committed to beating this game.  

Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. 15Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. 16Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing. –Philippians 3:13-16

The focus is not the past, we can learn from it but we cannot change it. This includes the good and the bad. Paul counted his past accomplishments dung compared to what he is going to have (Philippians 3:8). The focus is not the future. The future is our hope. The focus is in the now and on Jesus Christ. His cross, His kingdom, His work, proclaiming the gospel. One of the reasons I feel Paul was always so passionate, so committed is he never lost sight of what God did for him.

·         Why we need dynamic balance

We need dynamic balance in all areas of our life to be successful. One tire out of balance can cause damage to the car and itself. An out of balance tire can cause damage to tie-rods, bushings and lots of other little parts in the front end of a car. It can also cause uneven wearing of the tire and shorting its useful life. I saw a Ford Bronco driving down New Kings Highway with one of it’s front tires jutting out at a thirty degree angle and not only was damaging the car but was unsafe to drive, it could have come off at any time.

And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. Colossians 3:17

o       We need dynamic balance in our service to God. It is not about the church but God. If we want true growth in this church then we each need to be committed to following Jesus. God will grow the church. Through soul-winning (the great commission says go ye), through people just stopping by to see a church that just Loves God and wants to follow Him. Remember Matthew 25 and the sheep and the goats? We are to feed/clothe/shelter. Not let others do it for us. $50 may sooth a soul but will it change a life? We cannot eliminate the problem (the poor we have always) but we can help elevate the problem. How? I don’t know yet but I will be looking for ideas and any you have can help, I would like to hear them.

§         We need to be watching because Jesus takes this personally:

Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:  For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.  Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed [thee]? or thirsty, and gave [thee] drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took [thee] in? or naked, and clothed [thee]? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done [it] unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done [it] unto me. Matthew 25:34-40

§         When we are taking care of those “snot-nosed brats” we are doing it to Him, when we give to those who are not able of taking care of themselves we are doing it to Him.

o       We need dynamic balance in our family life:

Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish –Ephesians 5: 25-27

                               

Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. 2Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) 3That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. 4And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. –Ephesians 6:1-5

o       We need dynamic balance in our work life

Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; 6Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; 7With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: 8Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free. And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him. –Ephesians 6:5-9

Triangle illustration. If two people: Husband/Wife, Father/Son, Church members as they grow closer to God will by default have to grow closer to each other.

·         How to achieve dynamic balance

Unlike balancing a tire by adding weights, we achieve balance by losing weights:

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. –Hebrews 12:1-2

o       Weight:  a mass (as bending or bulging by its load), i.e. burden (hindrance):— weight.[1]

o       Obviously, for the Christian it would involve not wicked but weighty things. It would include anything that could hinder his effectiveness for service. These are not things which are inherently wrong, but for the diligent runner or the faithful Christian they are an impediment that must be removed. The Christian is not allowed to be selective regarding these weights; he will remove them. He must put off every weight. Whatever does not aid in the race is a weight and must be cast aside.[2]

o       Every weight, that is, all inordinate affection and concern for the body, and the present life and world. Inordinate care for the present life, or fondness for it, is a dead weight upon the soul, that pulls it down when it should ascend upwards, and pulls it back when it should press forward; it makes duty and difficulties harder and heavier than they would be[3]

o       So what is draining your time, your energy, keeping you from doing what you know God wants you to do?

o       For me two were and are TV and Golf. Pitch and Putt actually. A course with 60-yard par 3’s. There are reasons I do not own a Playstation or have Internet in the house. These at one time or another were weights for me that took all my time and energy and produced nothing for the kingdom of  God. I voluntarily laid them down (I use the library for internet when needed. And I don’t miss the video games or golf anymore)

o       Does this mean no hobbies? That we cannot have fun? NO! but those things that have caused me problems (and they are different for each one of us) I am wary of and keep them at arms length so that I won’t allow them to start to dominate my life again. I cannot let them interfere with the “this one thing”.

·         Conclusion: Don’t stop short

Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; 2And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour. 3But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; 4Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. 5For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. 6Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.  7Be not ye therefore partakers with them. 8For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: -Ephesians 5:1-8

·         Follower: mimhthv” , mim-ay-tace´; from ; an imitator:— follower.[4] We get our word mimic from this and we are to imitate Jesus

·         Walk in love

·         Be Thankful

For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:  22Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: 23Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: -1 Peter 2:21-22

·         Talk about a hard saying. This is not human nature and I suppose that is the point. He had:

·         No sin

·         No guile: 1388.     dovlo” doáloás, dol´-os; from an obs. primary verb,  devllw deálloµ (prob. mean. to decoy; comp. 1185); a trick (bait), i.e. (fig.) wile:— craft, deceit, guile, subtilty (subtlety).[5]

·         Not reviling: 3058 loáidoáreáoµ (2), vilify, insult/

·         Meek, not threatening when He was abused

Jesus never lost sight of why he came to earth. He came to seek and save the lost. He did not stop short of the cross.We need to be more like Him. I know I fell short many times in 2006 but my goal for this year and I hope to encourage you to have a life this year that brings glory to God in our words and actions.

I am not thinking in terms of resolutions but revolution:

rev·o·lu·tion: A sudden or momentous change in a situation: the revolution in computer technology.[6] 

We need to do something different. We were discussing in Sunday School about the problem with Christian Communities that they close themselves off and die. I know a pastor who has a church in PA and he told me that he has 10 senior citizens that come every Sunday and the church is dying because it lost it’s compassion, it drive to reach the lost. He said he wish he could let the churches know that they need to reach out or die. It is a somber warning to us.

That this year we can have a life of dynamic balance, going in unity following the call of Jesus, His work, His cross,  but this means nothing if you do not know Jesus as Saviour. If you do not know Jesus, why not come to know Him now. What is the point of trying to achieve a balance in life if you miss the main point?


[1]James Strong, New Strong’s dictionary of Hebrew and Greek words [computer file], electronic ed., Logos Library System, (
Nashville: Thomas Nelson) 1997, c1996.

[2]Jerry Falwell, executive editor; Edward E. Hinson and Michael Kroll Woodrow, general editors, KJV Bible commentary [computer file], electronic ed., Logos Library System, (Nashville: Thomas Nelson) 1997, c1994.

[3]Henry, Matthew, Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Bible, (
Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers) 1997.

[4]James Strong, New Strong’s dictionary of Hebrew and Greek words [computer file], electronic ed., Logos Library System, (
Nashville: Thomas Nelson) 1997, c1996.

[5]James Strong, New Strong’s dictionary of Hebrew and Greek words [computer file], electronic ed., Logos Library System, (
Nashville: Thomas Nelson) 1997, c1996.

[6] revolution. Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1). Random House, Inc. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/revolution (accessed: January 07, 2007).

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