Finding Balance

In the days before modern technology arrived that gave us electronic funds transfer,— credit cards,— checks,— or even paper money, it was common for balance type scales to be used in commerce.  A farmer for example, could trade a given amount of grain, and exchange or trade it for other necessities or an agreed upon amount of coinage.

A given weight would be placed on one side of the scales, and the farmer’s grain would be poured on the other side until there was sufficient weight to cause the scales to balance, an equal weight on both sides of the scales. Equal weight, identical quantities, placed on opposite sides of the scales, bringing the scales into “balance,” or each side being an equal height from the surface that the scales rested upon.

The scales that originally facilitated commerce become a symbol representing the search for balance in our lives.

This concept of balance is similar to or relevant to a fundamental law of physics, which was theorized by Sir Isaac Newton, that of for every action, there is an opposite and EQUAL reaction,—- a balance in all things.

We should be careful to note that in all things there is a certain degree of duality, give and take, up and down, pro and con, light and dark, right and wrong.  Adages such as “there are two sides to every story,” or “walk a mile in the other man’s shoes before casting judgment,” admonish us to remember that there are multiple considerations to contemplate upon before accepting one view point as fact.  The intent of these adages as well as others from antiquity is to encourage the acquisition of the wisdom to make a wise decision and these bits of wisdom, often repeated since times of old, have become etched in our collective consciousness.

In our everyday lives, in every thing we do, seek, strive for, and even think, there be balance. If we put more emphasis on any one thing to the point of making it an obsession, then we are at risk of being in an “out of balance” condition.

In Matthew 6:21 we find;

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

This is a very basic “saying of Christ” that reminds us that those things – be they material objects or abstract concepts of thought – that we become obsessed with, that we place such an high importance upon, become a metaphorical treasure and with those things our hearts reside therein.  For example if we place a higher value upon our careers, then invariably our families suffer through neglect.  To be in a state of balance we should therefore accord equal importance to our career goals and our families, so that neither is neglected.  In the same respect we must place our hearts in God and not the desires of earthly concerns.

 

Our Lord Jesus Christ, said

“I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

Some folks think that what Jesus wanted us to do was to go to church each Sunday, — support the church financially;—- do all these things that a stereotypical Christian supposedly does, — know what I mean?

But Jesus said, “I am the way” he said “believe in me” — to me this means that as a teacher, he wanted us to do as he instructed, to live our lives as he did.

In the book of Mark, chapter 10 verses 15 through 23 we read of the story of how the multitudes brought little children just to touch our Lord, and in verse 17 we find one young child asking Christ, “what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?”

Jesus asked him if he knew the commandments to which he responded that he had always observed them, then Jesus said;

One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.”

Then in the 22nd verse we read

And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.

And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God

Now I don’t think that we each have to give up everything we have and all of our earthly pursuits just to follow him, — but I do think that we need to give up everything in an esoteric sense. Leave those old ways behind, stop placing everything of the flesh ahead  of — following his teachings. A conscionable act of finding  balance.

If you have a weight problem, — like I do, — and you like to eat too much, like I do, then you and I both need to find a “point of balance” — moderation, perhaps smaller portions at meal time.

If whipping out the plastic and charging a new pair of shoes (for example) or a new video game, not because you need it but simply because the act of purchasing some thing NEW makes you FEEL good, — then perhaps you need to find a point of balance.

If you feel compelled to buy a new car or SUV not because the old jalopy is in need of replacing, but because the neighbor just bought something bigger and better than yours, then perhaps you need to find a point of balance.

Remember;

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Matthew 6:21

I have been reading some of those books by other ministers that preach the so called “prosperity gospel” certainly not because that I agree with those ministers—-but to understand where they are coming from you must acquaint yourself with their opinions.

Jesus said in Matthew 7:7;

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

 

I think we should seek balance in what we ask the Lord for,

God wants us to have certain material possessions, a roof over our heads, food on our table, and so forth.

But to make demands of God — as some prosperity gospel proponents suggest, asking for luxuries, — to me, is heretical.

I mean, it just blows my mind to stop and think that while some folks are asking, — no begging God, for their next meal, — a roof over their heads, — a cure for a devastating illness,—  that the followers of some of these prosperity gospel people, are on their knees asking God for a new Cadillac or a Lincoln. How does one reach a balance between luxury and necessity, — how do you reconcile to the Lord your need for a status symbol versus someone else’s need for basic sustenance?

Once again remember;

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
Matthew 19:24

The wise man prays for spiritual treasure that he can lay up in heaven, never letting his lust for earthly materialism “out weigh” his love for God. Because if his treasure is in things of the flesh, then that is where his heart is and not in spiritual prosperity.

And if a man has no spiritual prosperity, no treasures laid up in heaven, but great earthly treasures instead, how can he expect to pass through the proverbial eye of the needle?

I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. ”

John 15:5

If we follow all of his teachings, if we do as he would have done, if we practice unconditional brotherly love, true charity from the heart, if we love our neighbors as we love ourselves, Jesus will abide in us, THEN WE WILL DISCOVER the real PROSPERITY gospel, not financial prosperity, but spritual prosperity, as we then abide in HIS (Jesus’) teachings, and we will then become the “branches” bearing spiritual fruit, that exemplifies the best of the Christian faith.

Today so many claim to speak for our Lord, preaching hate, intolerance, greed, and all sorts of other false teachings that Jesus himself would have found disgusting.  Too many follow the doctrine of the flesh, teachings that only serve to maintain the bureaucracy of the church, teachings that are founded on scripture taken out of context.  A situation that lacks balance.

To those that follow teachings that contradict those of our Lord I say;

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

We must read his words and seek the truth he gave us, not the truths of the flesh, the laws of man, thereby finding a point of balance between what so many profess today and what he actually sought to tell us.

Otherwise, if we fail to find that point of “Balance” and we fail to do as he would have done, then in his own words, “for without me ye can do nothing”

So think of those old balance scales, “weigh” your decisions, find that point of balance and abide in his teachings, and you will discover riches beyond your wildest dreams.

Brothers and sisters;

May God continue to dwell with and bless each and everyone of you, in Jesus’ name; AMEN

 

 

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