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How To Live A Balanced Life Inspired By Jesus

In this article a framework for a balanced life is extracted by delving into the life of the perfect man that lived on earth, Jesus. Luke 2:52 reads, “Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man”. This verse gives four elements that constitute a balanced life.

1. He Grew in Wisdom

Wisdom is the quality of having knowledge and good judgement. Prior to this verse, Jesus was in the temple and engaging with the teachers by actively listening and posing questions. Wisdom is derived from engaging with teachings and studying the word of God. Jesus frequently referenced passages from the scriptures, demonstrating his profound knowledge and unwavering belief in the word of God.

In the contemporary world, there exist numerous avenues through which individuals can acquire wisdom, whether from familial guidance, elder figures, or the widespread accessibility of education, which is provided freely in some regions. The availability of books and literature across various platforms facilitates easy access to a wealth of knowledge.

Drawing inspiration from the biblical account of Solomon, who ascended to kingship at a young age and sought wisdom from God. This is recorded in Proverbs 4:7, “Wisdom is the principal thing, therefore get wisdom,” underscores the paramount importance of wisdom. The Book of Proverbs, authored by Solomon, extensively expounds on the virtues of wisdom.

2. He Grew in Stature

The second aspect pertains to the physical growth from childhood to full adulthood. In Luke 2:40, it is mentioned about Jesus, “And the child grew and became strong.” Nurturing our physical well-being is essential for a balanced life. Without physical strength, executing daily duties becomes challenging. Maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle is vital for ensuring physical strength.

3. He Grew in Favor with God

Throughout his life we see Jesus always cultivated his relationship with God. As a young boy he would be found at the temple which he’d refer to as “my Father’s house”. He lived a prayerful life; in several instances he would go in isolation to pray (Mark 1:35); let alone fasting for 40 days.

Throughout his life, Jesus consistently cultivated his relationship with God. Even as a young boy, he would frequent the temple, referring to it as “my Father’s house.” Known for leading a fasting and prayerful life, Jesus would often retreat to pray in solitude, as evidenced in Mark 1:35.

Jesus also advocates for a life centered on prayer and fasting, emphasizing the importance of personal prayer in the verse. “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray to your Father.” He addresses fasting in Matthew 7:17-18. “But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father”.

In both his teachings on prayer and fasting, Jesus employs the term “when,” underscoring that a commitment to prayer and fasting is not merely a choice for a believer but an essential practice.

4. He Grew in Favor with Man

Jesus maintained relationships not only with God but also with man. His twelve disciples served as his intimate companions, accompanying him throughout his ministry. Through his teachings, many were captivated, drawing countless individuals to witness and partake in his remarkable influence. Jesus’ profound impact led throngs of followers to seek him out, eager to experience his extraordinary power and profound teachings. He received invitations to weddings and private homes, while men in high positions sought him privately to absorb his wisdom (John 3:21).

5. Purpose

These four elements are rooted in purpose. The core purpose of Jesus’ earthly ministry was to proclaim the Good News about the Kingdom of God (Mark 1:14; 38). Without purpose it is difficult and nearly impossible to live a balanced life, and is illustrated by the framework below.

When one element is neglected, it can have adverse effects on the others. Therefore, it is essential to equally prioritize and nurture all aspects daily, provided ones purpose has been identified. Similar to a vehicle relying on all four wheels for smooth movement, the journey forward becomes challenging if even one wheel lacks proper support.

6. The Effects Of Lacking A Balanced Life

Have you noticed individuals who possess significant wealth and success yet experience profound sadness, depression, and anxiety? This phenomenon often occurs when one neglects their spiritual connection with God. Jesus refers to this as foolishness in Luke 21:21, “Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God”. It is imperative to acknowledge that we are not solely physical beings but also spiritual beings. Nurturing the spiritual aspect of our life can be achieved through practices such as prayer, fasting, and meditating on God’s word.

7. Applying The Framework For A Balanced Life

A balanced life encompasses development across all four facets. The exemplary growth of Jesus across these dimensions is depicted in our introductory verse. This framework was evidently employed by the apostles in appointing individuals to minister to followers of Christ in Acts 6:2, “And so, brothers, select seven men who are well respected and are full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom”, the apostles were recommending men living a balanced life.

Framework for a balanced life

One might question the absence of money in the pursuit of a balanced life. Undeniably, money plays a pivotal role in accomplishing various goals. Wealth and prosperity stem from the prudent application of wisdom, therefore wisdom is the principal thing to be pursued (Proverbs 4:7).

If an individual possesses expertise or wisdom in a specific field, there is a consistent willingness among people to compensate them for their specialized services.

Among Jesus’ various purposes, he brought light to the world by preaching the Good News of the Kingdom, the bible notably highlights three women, Mary, Joanna, and Susanna, who supported his ministry financially from their personal resources (Luke 8:3).

Another case in point is Solomon, he could requested for wealth from God, instead he opted for wisdom, which was accompanied with ideas and creativity to generate wealth – making him the richest king on earth. 2 Chronicles 9:23 reads, “All the kings of the earth sought audience with Solomon to hear the wisdom God put in his heart. Year after year everyone who came brought a gift”. Kings would compensate Solomon for his divine wisdom, thereby contributing to his wealth.

6. Summary

  • Purpose should be at the core of one’s existence
  • Intellectual growth by acquiring the appropriate knowledge and wisdom is the field of one’s purpose is crucial
  • Prioritize improving and maintaining your physical well-being to effectively engage in activities aligned with your purpose
  • By obeying God’s word and maintaining communion with him through fasting and prayer, God brings favor to achieve the purpose of his will in one’s life
  • God uses men to bless other men. Development of relationships with other individuals plays a vital role in executing and achieving one’s purpose
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