I once heard a message in church on "the balanced life." Using a diagram of three overlapping circles, the speaker made the point that we need to give equal time to each of the most significant areas of our lives so we don't get out of balance.
I had a small computer Bible with me and felt prompted to do a search on the word "balance" to see if I could find scriptural backing for the message. The only reference given that contained the word was a verse in Proverbs, and that had to do with a scale—in other words, with weights and measures, not with the way we use our time.
What I found did not convince me the preacher was
right. I asked the Holy Spirit to show me the truth, and He replied, "The truth is that being wholehearted for God is the key to balance."
I looked up all the verses with the concept "whole heart" and found references throughout the Scriptures. The most significant was Matthew 22:37, which records what Jesus called the greatest commandment: "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind." According to the Word, God demands that we put Him first, not that we prioritize our time so He gets an equal share.
But loving God wholeheartedly is more than a command. It is our destiny! Ignatius, one of
the early church fathers, said, "I come from God. I belong to God. I am destined for God." God created us for the purpose of knowing and loving Him.
Developing intense love for Him is a process of turning away from the things of the world. We cannot fully embrace Him while we are holding onto other things—even good things. The goal is to be able to declare with the psalmist, "... there is nothing on earth that I desire besides You!" (Ps. 73:25).