Becoming Balanced

A few weeks ago, Dustin Neeley sat down with Mark Driscoll to talk about what encourages and concerns him about young Christian leaders. Here’s the video:

(HT: The Resurgence)

In the video, Driscoll points out a couple of things he finds encouraging:

  1. A renewed desire for gospel-centered, Jesus-based, Bible saturated teaching
  2. A renewed heart for having a good gospel witness in urban centers
  3. A renewed interest in church planting

He also notes the following concerns, specifically in regard to what’s been called the Young, Restless & Reformed/New Calvinism:

  1. Good Reformed, complementarian theology unaccompanied by a strong sense of Spirit-filled mission will lead to fundamentalism
  2. New Calvinists being defined less by what they are for than what they’re against
  3. A lack of certainty about the role of the person of the Holy Spirit

Neeley asks viewers to consider the following questions in light of these encouragements and concerns:

“Where do I fall on the spectrum he describes?” and “What changes do I need to make to become more balanced?”

I don’t know about you, but here’s where I fall:

I absolutely love Jesus, the Church and the Bible and want to consistently be a better witness to Christ in my city (although I fail constantly). However, when I look at those concerns listed above, there are a number of things that caught my attention—not necessarily because I’m guilty of them (constantly), but the propensity is there.

It’s easy to develop convictions about what you’re against, for example, in the name of discernment. It’s a lot harder to develop strongly held convictions about what you’re for.

And it’s even harder to strongly hold to your convictions with humility.

This is where I’m learning that an increasing dependence on the Holy Spirit to work in and through me—both to make me more like Christ and (where necessary) speak words of correction—is so essential.

When I’m not actively depending on the Holy Spirit to guide my words, thoughts and actions, it usually goes bad. I’ll say the right thing the wrong way or I’ll say the wrong thing altogether.

Becoming balanced means being immersed in the Word.

Becoming balanced means cultivating a consistent prayer life.

Becoming balanced means becoming dependent on the Holy Spirit.

God, help me.

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  • Tony Reynolds

    QUOTE:
    Becoming balanced means being immersed in the Word.
    Becoming balanced means cultivating a consistent prayer life.
    Becoming balanced means becoming dependent on the Holy Spirit.

    God, help me.

    I understand what you strive for, brother…I also desire to be better balanced as I grow in God’s Word.
    A few thoughts…
    First…because I work a lonely overnight shift, I’m able to listen to several sermons a week (such a blessing!)…and I began to notice that I find better balance when I listen to a variety of Pastors, instead of just one speaker for the week.
    I love to learn from John Macarthur and Alistair Begg, but sometimes they set the standard so high that I become discouraged with my progress in sanctification…so they seem better balanced with sermons from John Piper and R.C. Sproul (my favorite) …they are equally deep in God’s Word, but seem to emphasize a touch more grace for the times we fall short.
    If I need something a bit more cerebral…then Dr. James White and Ravi Zacharias balance that out well for me.

    Second…Certainly we are better balanced when working with other Christians, and not alone.
    My wife and I are a balanced team…she’s a dreamer and I’m more practical. In the same way, God adds to the local church some teachers…some with the gift of mercy…discernment…etc.
    I would think the perfect balance would be found in two or more with Christ as our focus.

    I guess what I’m saying is…don’t be too discouraged if you are not as balanced a Christian as you desire…Christ sent the Disciples out in pairs.
    God bless

    • http://hardwords.wordpress.com Aaron Armstrong

      Thanks Tony, this is a great encouragement. I hope you have a blessed day.