Archive for October 3, 2011

A Short Exercise in Godly Discernment – Work/Life Balance

October 3, 2011 1 comment

The following is a short exercise for stimulating your spiritual senses regarding a worldly versus spiritual perspective on work-life balance, a key issue in our hectic fast paced lives.   I have found this to be a good teaching exercise format for mentoring others by having them reflect on contemporary worldviews.

The following link provides one view of what the world might say is a reasonable approach balancing work-life yet it only scratches the surface of this issue since the world inherently does not have the ultimate solution, only in Jesus Christ can this challenge be fully met. 

TED Talks – Nigel Marsh: How to make work-life balance work.

An Exercise in Discernment:  See if you can contrast God’s ways with the world’s way of looking at this critical issue in our lives.  What Scriptures come to mind?

What are the benefits of looking at this life issue from God’s point of view versus the world’s view?   Make a table with the world’s way on one side and God’s way on the other and contrast the issues and their solutions between the two.

Some thought starters:

A life well lived seeks to honor God in all that it does (Col. 3:17).   A life well lived understands that we are not on this planet to achieve success but to glorify God; such a life well lived is honoring to God and promises to provide unequalled joy, contentment and peace even independent of difficult life circumstances.  Any other pursuit based solely on human wisdom and approaches to life issues results in shallow, temporary and insufficient solutions requiring constant searching for better solutions given none are found fully adequate. 

 Paul tells us in Romans that it is our reasonable service to present our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God.   We are called to be holy because He is holy.  As we “live a life pleasing to God” we become “light” and “salt” to the world where others see in our lives a “life well lived” given the joy and peace radiating from the believer‘s personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 12:1-2NKJV
1I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 
2And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

So why  are we out of balance in our lives, even as Christians?  Worldly pursuits are a major part of the problem!  I have to work the way I do to keep up with the world, my neighbors, and to have the material possessions the world deems a requirement.   Scripture is clear that we are to avoid the things of this world!

1 John 2:15-17NKJV
15Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 
16For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. 
17And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.

The world is constantly looking for a “life well lived” in the wrong places.   Scripture is clear on what provides fullness of life and what constitutes success.   Man’s wisdom and views are wholly inadequate to solve for and fill the hole in a man’s soul that can only be filled by the saving grace of Jesus Christ and a life fully lived in obedience to Him.

God’s people have a life to live which should shout to the world proper priorities, balance, and values based on the power of the Holy Spirit living in them.  Does your life communicate a joy, peace, and balance that others who witness your life would be eager to desire and imitate?  Or, are you more conformed to the world and its ways? What is the pattern of your work/life/spiritual balance?

May we desire to live our lives walking in the Spirit so we do not fulfill the lusts of the flesh (Gal. 5:16), worthy of our Savior as a new creations (2 Cor. 5:17) in Christ and not conformed to the ways of the world (Rom. 12:1-2).  May all that we do be unto the Lord and not to men (Col 3:23).  Amen.