1 Samuel 2:18-26

Monday, August 3, 2020

A Balanced Life


And the boy Samuel continued to grow in stature and in favor with the Lord and with men. 1 Samuel 2:26

The Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) was founded in the 1840s out of concern for the riotous living of young men in major cities of the industrial revolution. One of the biggest spokespersons for the organization was the great evangelist, Dwight L. Moody. His desire was to see these young men saved and improve the spiritual conditions of their lives. Over the years, the biblical emphasis of the YMCA has experienced a “mission drift” but a value that has remained is to help people find important balance in their lives. “Our mission is to build strong kids, strong families, and strong communities by enriching the lives of people in spirit, mind, and body.”

It is no mistake that Luke adopted the same expressions describing the childhood growth of Jesus (Lk. 2:52) as did Samuel’s biographer some 2000 years earlier. In the life of Samuel, we clearly see an emphasis to the development of his stature (physical and mental), spiritual favor (with the Lord) and social standing (with men). The Bible emphasizes a critical link between these different aspects of our nature and the importance of giving attention to all of them in a balanced approach to life. Jesus reemphasized the two primary commandments: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’: and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’” (Luke 10:27). Paul encouraged the Romans to offer their “bodies” as living sacrifices for “spiritual” acts of worship and to be transformed by the renewing of their “minds” (12:1-2).