A Series through the book of 1 Thessalonians
The Balanced Life
A Series through the book of 1 Thessalonians • October 29, 2017 • Pastor Jerome Gay Jr.
Life is all about balance, have you heard that phrase before? We’re encouraged to have a balanced diet and to not eat too many carbs and not to have too much sugar and to stay away from fried foods. Financially, we’re encouraged to diversify our portfolios and not invest all of our money in one area and to be balanced investors. When it comes to exercise and fitness, we’re told to not focusing on just one body part, but to isolate our workouts throughout the week in order balance your body (skipping leg day). We tell student athletes to not get so caught up in your sport that you neglect your studies. We tell people politically not to get all your information from CNN, MSNBC or Fox News, but to balance the perspectives that you hear from. We’re even encouraged to read and not just watch television all the time in order to balance your mind. In other words, we want everyone to have balance, but what is it (balance) really? Even if we have balance in all of the aforementioned areas the question is would that make us any better? Would that be enough for us to feel fulfilled? What if a balanced diet, bank account, body, political views and mind wasn’t enough? What if the key to a balanced life had nothing to do with you, but rather who you trusted and what you did with that trust? Paul will give a us totally different way to view life and how to balance this thing called life and he gives us the dynamic duo of faith (orthodoxy) and action (orthopraxy). He wants us to understand that our actions and beliefs are inseparable and in order to have a balanced life, we must have balanced faith. He does that in his letter to the church at Thessalonica.