Why Christians Shouldn’t Strive for a Balanced Life

Should Christians live a balanced life? This entire month is supposed to be dedicated about finding balance in our lives, but the funny thing is that anytime I wrote ‘Finding Balance’ at the top of my brainstorming notes, I immediately thought, “But Christians aren’t supposed to live balanced lives.”

You see, I’m giving you some practical tips on how to balance different areas of your life during this month. I have other devotions planned for this theme. But it boils down to this:

There is no balance between God and not-God. Our Christian faith MUST be evident in every area of our life.

So while I spent last month trying to help you find freedom from your burdens and am trying to help you manage the rest of it this month, true balance in life doesn’t make things easier.

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I know this is becoming a long introduction, but I have to point out how perfectly Rebekah Hargraves post on ‘The True Key to Finding Balance’ flows into this one. They’re both about rethinking the source of balance and redefining what balance is. So, if you haven’t already, please read her post by clicking here.

Christians Shouldn’t Strive for a Balanced Life

Read It

33 When Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a veil over his face. 34 But whenever Moses went before the Lord to speak with Him, he would remove the veil until he came out. After he came out, he would tell the Israelites what he had been commanded, 35 and the Israelites would see that Moses’ face was radiant. Then Moses would put the veil over his face again until he went to speak with the Lord.

Exodus 34:33-35 (HCSB)

Just to recap a little bit:

  • In Exodus 33 – Moses and Joshua spend time in the Tent of Meeting, the place where they met with God.
  • Moses asks to see God’s glory. God tells Moses, “If you see my face you’ll die.” Guess who still wants to see God?
  • Moses meets with God on Mount Sinai. He chisels out a the second set of Stone tablets, so we can guess he was on the mountain for quite some time.
  • When Moses comes down, his face is glowing.

And apparently, that glow didn’t fade after this point.

He answered:

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.

Luke 10:27 (HCSB)

Jesus answers the question, “What is the greatest commandment?” I wanted to use this version because it includes all of the alls: heart, soul, strength, and mind.

The Nazirite Vow

I really wanted to include the Scripture that details out the Nazirite vow. However, that is a really long section for a blog post (Numbers 6:1-21). The point is that God included a way for people to show dedication above the average person in the Old Testament. Some highlights of the Nazirite Vow:

  • Made voluntarily by the individual to dedicate themselves for a set period of time.
  • A Nazirite could not cut his or her hair during the duration of the vow.
  • A Nazirite could not eat anything connected to grapes or even consume vinegar made with grape products!
  • Could not go near a dead body, even for the funeral of a beloved parent.
  • There was a costly sacrifice involved.
  • Notable Nazirites: Samuel, Samson, John the Baptist

Learn It

Learning From the Heroes

We admire the heroes in the Bible because they did great things. Moses led God’s chosen people out of Egypt. Joshua led them through war until they had reclaimed the land God promised them. Gideon won a battle with three-hundred men. Jonah ran away and got swallowed by a fish. But then he led an entire country to God.

These men did great things. We marvel at how God worked through their lives. Sometimes we wish we could be them.

Right now, 1/9 of my usual post views are on ten very specific posts: the ones that deal with learning God’s voice in our lives. I have 143 posts live on Chaotic Life when you count this one. So (excuse the inaccurate math), 1/14 of my posts are responsible for 1/9 of my overall traffic. Part of this disparity is simply that my How Do We Learn God’s Voice series has been through three rounds of Pinterest pin creations. Another, probably bigger part of it, is that people crave that connection with God.

You crave that connection with God. I crave that connection with God. But let’s be honest here for a moment, though. How many of us are actually willing to do the same things that these heroes of the faith who did have that connection with God did?

  • Moses spent so much time with God that his face glowed.
  • Joshua spent even more time than Moses in the Tent of Meeting (though there’s no reference to his face glowing).
  • Gideon was so concerned with making sure he followed God’s will that he spent several days preparing his actions.
  • Samuel spent his whole life under the Nazirite vow.
  • Jonah walked through a city for three days without rest.

Do we have that kind of communion with God? Do we make that kind of time for God?

For many of the heroes of the Bible, they didn’t seek balance in their life like we do today. There was one simple question:

What is God’s will for me to do?

That was their idea of balanced life.

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The Unbalanced God-Centered Life Leads to Balance

He answered:

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.

Luke 10:27 (HCSB)

How is there time to do anything else when we’re living out this verse to the best of our abilities? Like Rebekah Hargraves wrote in her post:

So, you see, pursuing balance in your life comes first through understanding both 1) what your priorities ought to be and 2) how they are to be ordered. Wisdom and truth in this area are only to be found in God’s Word.

As we pursue God with all our heart, all our soul, all our mind, and with all our strength, something amazing happens. God transforms our perspective. We can suddenly see those things that consumed our time and our mind for what they were: burdens. And we experience freedom.

(You know, our theme from March? You can read all of those posts by clicking here.)

In God, we can find all the things that we’ve been searching for. We can find joy, peace, adventure, purpose, connection, strength, and so many other things. But it’s important that we realize that God demands our all.

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On a scale of 1-10, how well are you doing at living by this verse? I know even I, you’re highly esteemed sensei, would have to rank myself pretty low. (Note: if you’re new to my writing, I often put on some false arrogance for the sake of laughter. It keeps me truly humble.)

The Modern Nazirite?

I’m pretty sure that most of us are not Messianic Jew. And – no matter where you fall on the spectrum of how to interpret Old Testament laws in light of the New Covenant – I think we can all admit that performing the sacrifices involved with the Nazirite vow is going to be difficult.

But what if we were all so dedicated to God that we willingly made vows with God? Yes, it may be challenging, but it’s not in keeping with the meaning (literally “to be separated” or “to be consecrated) if it were easy.

What if we made vows like:

  • For the next three months, I’m not going to turn on Netflix for myself or read fiction. Instead, I’m devoting my spare time to reading the Bible.
  • For this next month, I’m going to spend one hour in prayer a day.
  • During this summer, I’m going to witness to three people a week.

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None of those time periods are of any significant period of times when you look at life. What kind of changes would it have on your faith, though?

Now stop and think for a moment about this: what if every single Christian made at least one vow like this in their lifetime? How would the world be impacted? Would we see revival? Would we get to experience the thrill of living in the period of the Early Church, where people were so excited to share about what God was doing that the apostles had to lay down rules for who could speak and when?

Guess what? It’s all wishful thinking if you and I don’t take action first.

Isn’t This Legalism?

No. Legalism takes the Bible and puts everything under a microscope. It makes things more about the rules than the relationship. It’s also guilty of attaching extra laws to salvation.

What I’m talking about is zeal and passion. It is the embodiment of, “More of You, less of me.” It’s one step in achieving greatness in our lives.

It’s been said that a zealot is somebody who is a little more passionate about God than you are. When I think about that phrase, I also think, “But how great it must be for the zealot!” To be at the front-lines of Spiritual warfare, to be able to witness God moving in the lives of others, and to be able to live with that much passion…

That is what this post is about.

Apply It

  • Ask: “Am I seeking balance to make my life easier, or so that I’m better able to respond to God’s will in my life?”
  • Do: Challenge yourself to your own version of a Nazirite vow.
  • Pray: “Dear God, help me to love you with all my heart, strength, and soul. Help me to lead an unbalanced and sold-out to You life. Amen.”
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Lauren has had a lifelong passion for both writing and for helping people. Once upon a time, she would have laughed if somebody suggested she write nonfiction to achieve those goals. A couple of years ago, she would have scoffed if somebody suggested she write for her peer groups. Today she's writing to "HELP BUSY CHRISTIAN MOMS MANAGE LIFE."

23 thoughts on “Why Christians Shouldn’t Strive for a Balanced Life

  1. Rebekah Hargraves

    Lauren, this was just so good!! The Lord is just so obviously at work – it’s amazing to see how our articles so perfectly went together! Wow!

    Your article was very thought-provoking. I will be pondering on this and seeing how the Lord wants to change me and my life with these truths. Thank you for proclaiming the truth in a culture that just wants the next best self-help book or how-to method. Your wisdom is a blessing! 💕

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    1. Lauren C. Moye

      Rebekah, thank you so much for the comment! Yes – when I finally got a chance to read the post you sent me, I was thrilled to see how they connected together. It made me so happy to see how the Lord had inspired both of us.

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  2. Audrey

    So true! Sometimes I forget to keep my faith openly to forefront as I get caught up in ‘balancing everything else. Thanks for the reminder.

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    1. Lauren C. Moye

      Audrey, thank you so much for leaving a comment. It is definitely a challenge. That’s why I took my own post to heart by refocusing some of my time to be intentional about my faith.

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    1. Lauren C. Moye

      Bonnie, thank you for leaving a comment. I appreciate your support! 🙂

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  3. Andrea

    SO important that we be balanced in every aspect of our lives

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  4. Diana

    “It is the embodiment of, “More of You, less of me.” It’s one step in achieving greatness in our lives.”
    I absolutely am blessed reading this. To be zealous for God and be in the fore front sharing the Good NEWS.

    Diana- May I ever seek God and complete my vows before HIM.

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    1. Lauren C. Moye

      Diana, thank you for the comment! I am thrilled that my words resonated so strongly with you.

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  5. Veronica Anne

    I love this post so much Lauren! What an amazing way to shift the focus from balance as the world describes it to balance with God being at the center of it all. A lot for me to think about tonight. Thank you!

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    1. Lauren C. Moye

      Veronica, thank you so much for the comment! I am thrilled that God used my words to touch you so deeply.

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  6. Nisha

    Lauren, this is such a well written, rich post! Thank you for challenging us to truly seek God, through His word, to become unbalanced through Him.

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    1. Lauren C. Moye

      Nisha, thank you so much for leaving a sweet and thoughtful comment. It encourages me to see comments like yours. 🙂

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  7. Ailie

    Excellent post, Lauren. We are living in a time where God is wants his people to enter deeper intimacy with Him. We need to find ways to be with him even if it means being creative with our time.
    For me, I’ve been speaking in tongues and worshiping in traffic to and from work. At night I read my Bible before I go to sleep. Honestly, it feels insignificant and my spirit is craving more time with God. Your post stirs up even more my hunger and thirst for God’s presence.
    Love it

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    1. Lauren C. Moye

      Ailie, my friend, thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment. I completely agree with you. Moms – especially working Moms – need to be very creative, sacrificial about their wants, or both to truly enter into that deep intimacy with God.
      I’m not sure that thirst is ever supposed to filled while we’re still on Earth, so I think that means you are doing well!

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  8. Summer

    This is a really great post Lauren and you are right on point! I tried to lived the well balanced life for years. It was like I had a row of boxes with life labels on them and I kept trying to keep the same amount of colored balls in each box. God convicted me of that heavily at the first of this year. I told Him to take control, purge my life, remove the distractions and have His way. Slowly, the tv, magazines, mindless internet trolling and even idle texting started to make it’s way out. I am no where near where i would like to be with God, but I know that He is helping me clear through the clutter to get to Him!

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    1. Lauren C. Moye

      Summer, thank you so much for sharing some of your story with us. The balls in a box analogy is a great one for how it can feel. It sounds like you are doing great about growing your relationship with Him. I am praying for you.

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  9. Rebekah

    Very thought provoking!! I have similarly wondered how different our world would be if we all loved sacrificially like we are told to do. I definitely think that we should be making vows like this part of our daily walk. Once a time segment is up for one, make another one.

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    1. Lauren C. Moye

      Rebekah, I agree. Although I do know that it can be difficult to make and keep some vows during certain seasons of life (which I know you would also agree with me on). Even one small vow can still keep me moving forward in my faith though.

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  10. Brittany

    This is amazing! Much needed. Much appreciated. Exactly what I needed to hear right now. I love this. Great. Great. Great. I cannot explain how much this means to me right now.

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    1. Lauren C. Moye

      Brittany, thank you so much for the sweet comment. I am glad that God used my words to speak to you.

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  11. Embracing the Lovely

    You’re right. There is no such thing as balance when we live for the Lord. It’s an all or nothing thing. He gave all for me and I want to live the same way as best that I can. Thank the Lord for His grace!

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    1. Lauren C. Moye

      Hi Lovely, Amen and thank you for leaving a comment! I appreciate it.

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