Akobe-Ajibolu

BALANCING OUR LIFE AND FAITH

One statement that has been engraved in our society is this “you have to learn to balance your life and your faith” I for one heard this very often back then on campus especially amongst fellowship folks. In fact series of teachings were drafted trying to explain this idea to as many who need to hear it. Although this was done in a bid to strike a balance between our purpose for being in school and being caught up with the various religious activities on campus, so one doesn’t strive at the expense of the other. But the question that has always been on my mind has always been, does this not limit the Holy Spirit’s function in us or go against the true narrative of our faith which is that “it is our faith that brings our life balance” am I saying that we follow Christ blindly and forget hardwork? A big NO!! Now here is what is wrong, trying to balance one’s life and faith could be a very tiring work-based venture which could really hinder the work of the Holy Ghost in us and always gives birth to norminal christians.

Christ never Intended that we live a double kind of life where in the secular you have a life that accommodates the nature of the environment and then come back to observe piety when you’re to fulfil your religious obligations but on the contrary.

God has called us out of the world – the world is filled with darkness, confusion, sin and godlessness and many things we can’t begin to mention. In this world there is no life not is there any balance in it. We are nit called to try to balance our life and faith. We have been called to bring balance to the world through the power of the Holy Ghost in us. In the word of Leonard Ravenhill- “the biggest miracle is that God will take an unholy man out of an unholy world and make him holy and out him back into the unholy world to make others holy”. The world desperately needs balance and this balance can only come from God and this can only be done through the sons and daughters of God who has been completely and totally yeilded to the Father and isn’t bothered about how to fit into the world or balancing their life and faith for the sake of being relevant in the world. This only hinders the true purpose of God in that place where we’ve found ourselves.

Jesus Christ in Matthew 5:13-16 gives an insight into what we are to the world.

13.Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. 14. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.16. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

In this passage Jesus speaks about how the world desperately need us to bring it balance and to dare to live has Jesus pointed out is to live daringly in such a way that they can see all that we are in God through Jesus and glorify our Father who is in heaven. This is the true balance.

It is our faith that brings balance to our life! Live it, everyday and everywhere!!

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