In Search of a Balanced Life
Did Jesus live a balanced life? The following passages would seem to shed some light on the answer to this question.
And he told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, lest they crush him,for he had healed many, so that all who had diseases pressed around him to touch him. Mark 3:9-10 ESV
Then he went home, and the crowd gathered again, so that they could not even eat. And when his family heard it, they went out to seize him, for they were saying, “He is out of his mind.” Mark 3:20-21 ESV
And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves. Mark 6:31-32 ESV
As Jesus’ popularity grew, crowds gathered to hear him teach and to seek healing from various diseases – both physical and spiritual. Such were the numbers and the daily pressures that the Twelve were no doubt used for ‘crowd control.’ Jesus had to remind the Twelve that as they kept many adults from pressing in to try and touch Him, they were not to keep back the little children (see Mark 10:13-14).
To the outside observers, including Jesus’ immediate family members, at the time, He seemed to be ‘out of his mind.’ But, He was carrying out the mission for which He came. It was just that they did not understand Him at that time. We see later in Acts 1:14 that they came to believe and understand more completely. He said, “My Father is working until now, and I am working.” John 5:17 ESV
In the midst of the incredible demands upon Him, Jesus sought to lead the Twelve to periods of rest and solitude. He knew the importance of ministry and serving from an overflow and reserve. Yet, those ideals were often met with the pressing needs of others seeking His help. It’s no wonder that He could fall sound asleep on a boat in the midst of a storm on the lake (Mark 4:37ff) or that the disciples had a hard time keeping their eyes open when asked to pray late into the night (Mark 14:37ff).
So, did Jesus live a balanced life? It depends on what you mean by ‘balanced.” Did Jesus have times of intense schedule and pressing demands? Yes. Did He appear to others to be ‘out of balance’ at times? Yes. But, He also sought to model for others one who worked hard and yet, took time away for rest.
Paul reminds us, “… I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.” Ephesians 4:1 ESV