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The Myth of Balance

If you're not living for Christ, your life is failing even if you're "winning."


I'm going to read from Matthew chapter 6 verses 24 through 34. These are the words of Jesus,

No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love
the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.
You cannot serve both God and money. Therefore I tell you, do not
worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your
body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and
the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air;
they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your
heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than
they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field
grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even
Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is
how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and
tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe
you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, "What shall we
eat?" or "What shall we drink?" or "What shall we wear?" For
the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father
knows that you need them. But seek first His kingdom and His
righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as
well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will
worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

This is the word of the Lord.

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Mark Buchanan is an Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology at the Ambrose Seminary in Calgary, Alberta, and the author of numerous books including Your Church is too Safe.

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I. Does Balance Need a "Myth-busting"?

II. Balance Is Impossible.

III. Balance Is not Desirable.

IV. Balance Is not Biblical.

V. Pursue Magnificent Obsession

  1. The need for focus
  2. The need for a center
  3. The need for a rhythm