Just Don't Get Weird and Spooky
on Us, Hear?
By Bob Slosser
CBN.com I'm a little uneasy writing about "walking with
the master in balance," which needs widespread discussion both
in and out of the churches. A great many people have run into
stultifying confusion that keeps them from closeness with the
Lord and from full integration into church renewal. They shake
their heads and walk away, mumbling, "Those people are weird."
Young people and men particularly respond in that manner.
My fear in mentioning "balance" is that someone will think
I'm suggesting we should "compromise" or turn "lukewarm" in
our Christian lives.
Let me hastily say that I am in no way suggesting "compromise"
or "lukewarm." Don't forget these famous words of the Lord to
the church at Laodicea:
I know your deeds, that you are neither
cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because
you are lukewarm - neither hot nor cold - I am about
to spit you out of mouth. You say, 'I am rich; I have acquired
wealth and do not need a thing.' But you do not realize you
are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked (Revelation 3:15-17,
One dictionary definition of balance is "to bring into harmony
or proportion." That comes close to what I'm driving at. I also
like to think of "steadfastness" in connection with balance.
"Steadfastness" and "perseverance."
In the first edition of The Secret Kingdom, Pat Robertson
and I talked about some of this in connection with the Law of
Unity. We felt that if someone was to experience the power of
God that can change the world, he must be unified within
himself. Many are not. He must know what he thinks and believes
and stick with it, unless the Lord or his Word shows him to
be wrong. We felt a believer must have internal harmony if he
was going to successfully walk the way God desired.
In the Bible, James addresses this specifically: "he who doubts
is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That
man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord;
he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does" (James
1:6b-8). One mind believing or desiring one thing and, in the
same person, another mind believing something else will not
work. And there can be no doubting if you're to avoid
Instead, the Bible says, we must be like Abraham. At the age
of 100 and soness, he was told he would be the father of many
nations. He didn't waver regarding the promise, but remained
fully assured that God would perform what He has said (Genesis
12ff). You see, Abraham, through some trials did not fall victim
to spiritual schizophrenia, which wracks so many in their walks
with the Lord.
People can be torn between the pursuit of worldly goals and
the pursuit of the Christian life. They can't make up their
minds which to put first, needing desperately to hear the words
of David: "My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast"
One of the Martha and Mary accounts tells us of a time when
Jesus visited them when Martha "was distracted by all the preparations,"
while her sister Mary "sat at the Lord's feet listening to what
he said" (Luke 10:38ff). We must not interpret the passage as
approval of laziness or irresponsibility. Jesus loved Martha
and her willingness to serve, but he was concerned about her
attitude, her internal unity. Mary had "chosen what is better,
and it will not be taken away from her." Her quest had been
unified. If need be, she would sacrifice all else for it.
But Martha wanted to be recognized as a follower of Jesus and
as a good organizer and as a good cook. She wasn't single-minded
and she had no peace. She was "worried and upset about many
things, but only one thing is needed," Jesus said. We cannot
serve two masters. We cannot put our spouses and Jesus first
at the same time. We cannot put our jobs ahead of everything
and serve Jesus as Lord at the same time.
Our problem is that we make a gap between the two, seeing them
as two masters, and we try to put each one first. That leads
to schizophrenia and breakdowns. The solution, of course, is
to be single-minded. Put Jesus first, and then He will say:
"Love your wife as I loved the church," a spouse can get no
greater love than that.
Similarly, put Jesus first and he will say: "When you undertake
a task, do it with all your might." A job can get no more attention
Look at it this way: To the serious Christian there should
not be "two things" - that is, life in the kingdom and life
in the world. Really there is "one thing": Life in the kingdom
will take care of life in the world. That's why we can be single-minded.
Hear me on this: Do not push this into fanaticism - beyond
the realm of reality. We must not lose sight of the fact that
there is a physical, material existence. When Jesus was on earth
he was a real man, as well as God. Gnosticism, which denies
the material reality of life, is heretical. When Jesus said,
"Seek His kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things
will be given to you as well," He was talking about all the
things we would need in our daily lives in the world. God is
very practical. He created every thing, including material life.
He is not weird and spooky.
Finally, to achieve real balance in walking with the Master,
we must fully appropriate three major gifts to us: the Holy
Spirit, the Bible, and the church, wherein hopefully lies reason.
These are real gifts, without which we cannot achieve successful
Christian living. We often ignore one or the other, and yet
they were given to keep us walking aright.
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