Wrapping up this week’s discussion on being balanced in our spiritual walk, I want to encourage you to consider your ability to be in the world, but not of the world.
Looking back over the previous articles – if you find yourself worrying about being right over listening to your gut response, if you find yourself focused on preaching the gospel in church without rolling up your sleeves to get out and share it with the world, if you find you spend more time in Bible study than practical application – you are probably in the church and out of this world.
If you find that you act more on impulse and less thoughtfully, that you spend less time contemplating the truths of Scripture to do what you feel is right, if you have no time to listen to admonition but simply want to act unsupervised – chances are you are in the world and not in the will of God.
There’s a tough balance that cannot be calculated by anyone. The challenge is to both seek God passionately and take time to learn about Him. The one is restless and wants to go out into the world and make a difference. The other will never be ready because there is so much they don’t know about God. The trick if living by the Spirit and being willing to move when prompted.
There’s a third group of people out there who are not passionate and have no real deep knowledge of God. This is perhaps the largest group of professing Christians that are out there. I’ve found that there’s not much that one can say to light a fire underneath of them that they won’t find some way to put it out. The Spirit has to ignite a passion to forge iron, but once we are set firm, we must find more iron to to be made sharp.
“Iron sharpens iron,
and one man sharpens another.”
– Proverbs 27:17