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Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. (Philippians 2:12-13, NKJV)

How many times have we read a passage in The Bible, and taught this isn’t right? Or how about if it appears to go against or contradict a prior passage, or something our pastor has told us during their sermons, well, to me these verses seem contradictory, but I found two sources which helped me understand their meaning—Balancing the Christian Life by Charles Ryrie and the Navigator 2:7 Discipleship Course. I resolved anew to avoid the things that can bring unbalance to our daily Christian life:

  1. Christians who over-emphasized predestination with no desire to witness, meaning God will save whom He wishes. Then there are those who thought their own efforts saved people.
  2. What about those with a strong emphasis on self-image who are proud of their achievements, and then there are those who had a poor self-image and are afraid to do anything for their Lord.

The 2:7 Course with a Navigator Ship’s Steering Wheel with four spokes shows balance in the Christian life. These are the four spokes Bible Study, Prayer, Fellowship, and Witness. If Bible Study is infrequent, we fail to receive the nourishment of God’s Word. If prayer is weak, we fail to worship as we should. If fellowship is infrequent, we fail to form deep relationships with other Christians. If we fail to witness, we disobey God and others do not hear the gospel. Basically if any of the spokes are missing the ship will not steer properly and will not be able to reach its final destination.

Philippians 2 urges us to achieve balance by working out our salvation and letting God work in us.

Balance I seek in a life lived in Him

Like a wheel in a boat must be kept in trim

Elements of Bible Study and Prayer

Fellowship and Witness must always be there.

Without balance my life vessel will threaten to capsize.

Below are some ideas which I hope will guide you in your path to find balance in your Christian life.

  • Explore Philippians 2:12-13 with the help of the book, Balancing the Christian Life.
  • What areas of your Christian life need the most development?
  • How can you most effectively use your strengths and weaknesses to serve God now?