I almost fell down. That’s when I knew. It was one of those moments when you realize something’s got to done about it.
It is one of those keys to life, sports, marriage, and just about anything else. But when you almost fall down, you know you need it.
After I hit that little white ball sitting on a peg, watching it fly in the wrong direction, and then stumbling to stay standing, it became obvious.
I didn’t have balance!
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called. Ephesians 4:1
Other writings wordsmith the word “worthy” in referring to the balancing of scales. Dishonest vendors in an open marketplace would sometimes use inaccurate weights with their scales so the sales of their product would be to their financial advantage. The crooked businessman used a method that is not “worthy” or was “out of balance.”
An inspector made surprise, random visits to my Dad’s meat market. He chose a few packages of meat in the counter. He set up his scales and checked each package for accuracy. My Dad insisted on exacting detail when we weighed the packages! We even had to subtract the weight of the packaging, which was sometimes only 3/8’s of an ounce to make sure the customer was not paying $1.99 per pound for a piece of Styrofoam and plastic wrap!
So what is spiritual balance? Here’s a hint. Look back at that verse closely. If the word “worthy” represents scales, then look on each side of the word to see what needs to be in balance. What do you see?
Answer: “walk in a manner” is on one side. On the other side of the scales is “of the calling to which you have been called.”
Application: every day is to be lived is such a way that it balances with what God has called you to do.
Every believer in Jesus who seeks to follow him is “called.” God calls you and me to use our gifts, passions, skills, relationships, and experiences to point people to Jesus.
Are you “balanced” at the end of each swing? What will the weights and measures guy find when he checks out your work?
Our Father, thank-you for your calling to give cups of cold water away in Jesus’ name. We commit today to bring Jesus into our conversations with those we meet.