February 24, 2017 Brethren Letter
I heard a sermon many years ago, where the minister mentioned he had once known a lady that believed she had discovered the health benefits of drinking carrot juice. So, she began to drink carrot juice every single day. Then, she thought she would become even healthier if she consumed carrot juice with every meal. Eventually, she even started drinking carrot juice off-and-on throughout the day, including in-between meals. What this lady soon discovered by drinking so MUCH carrot juice, was that she wasn’t receiving the health benefits she anticipated. Instead, her skin began to change color. Her skin began to have an orange tint, forming a condition known as carotenoderma. Her consumption of carrot juice was really OUT-OF-BALANCE! She quickly learned this hard lesson!
Some definitions of the word “BALANCE” in the dictionary are: steadiness, equilibrium, poise, self-control, equity, habit of calm behavior and judgment, emotional stability, equipoise, to create a status of harmony.
While viewing some of those definitions we may begin to see how each of these words could also be applied spiritually. Everything God the Father and Jesus Christ are as divine beings, is displayed perfectly in BALANCE, steadiness, stability, and constancy. “For I am the ETERNAL, I change not” (Malachi 3:6). “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).
Whether we look at God’s CREATION, His LAWS, or His CHARACTER, in every single area there is perfect balance, stability and harmony.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1).
And God saw everything that He had made, and, behold, it was very good (Genesis 1:31).
Job was asked by the Eternal, the following:
Then the ETERNAL answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of you, and answer you me. Where were you when I laid the
foundations of the earth? Declare, if you have understanding. Who has laid the measures thereof, if you know? Or who has stretched the line upon it? Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? Or who laid the corner stone thereof; when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? (Job 38:1-7).
When thinking about God’s ROYAL Law, we see the perfect BALANCE of what is described as love toward God and love toward fellow man.
You shall keep therefore His statutes, and His commandments, which I command you this day, that it may go well with you, and with your children after you, and that you may prolong your days upon the earth, which the ETERNAL your God gives you, forever” (Deuteronomy 4:40).
Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, You shall love the Lord thy God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets (Matthew 22:35-40).
As we see from I John 2:6, we must walk in the same way that Christ also walked. “He that says he abides in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.” In other words, we must be growing spiritually, changing, overcoming and achieving a right BALANCE (stability and steadiness) in what we do, following in Christ’s footsteps (Matthew 5:48).
There are many areas to consider when we think of “right balance”!
Some areas to focus on:
- Time spent in prayer and Bible study (I Thessalonians 5:17, II Timothy 2:15)
- How we uphold and love the Truth of God – [His doctrines] (III John 1:4, II John 1:4, Jude 1:3)
- How we handle our families (Proverbs 18:22, Proverbs 19:14, Ephesians 5:22-32)
- How we produce as employees (Proverbs 19:15, Proverbs 6:6-11)
Obviously, there are many other areas to equally consider!
Spiritually, we must maintain our BALANCE, stability and equilibrium. The reward God promises us, is truly GREAT and lasts forever! (Matthew 10:22, Revelation 5:10).
Have a wonderful Sabbath, brethren!
Your Brother in Christ,