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The Myth of Work/Life Balance

Do you find it difficult to separate your work from who you are?

Is your identity wrapped up in your career?

Who we are and what we do are inseparable. We all need to rest, play, and work; could it be that the idea of work/life balance is a myth?

Regardless of who we are or what we do at work, outside of the office, or at church — we have one identity in Christ Jesus.

When the Apostle Paul speaks of being “united in Christ” in Ephesians 1, he means more than our adoption as children of God and the merging of the Jews and Gentiles into one body with Christ as the head.

He also infers that as individuals, we are unified. One person, wholly redeemed.

There is no separation. We must first and foremost think of ourselves as followers of Christ; not entrepreneurs, not church-goers, not individuals. Wherever we go, we are ambassadors. We are ambassadors for Christ, ambassadors for the organizations we represent, and the families that we lead.

Francis Schaeffer wrote in Art & the Bible:

“What is the place of art in the Christian life? Is art—especially the fine arts—simply a way to bring worldliness in through the back door? What about sculpture or drama, music or painting? Do these have any place in the Christian life? Shouldn't a Christian focus his gaze steadily on "religious things" alone and forget about art and culture?

As evangelical Christians, we have tended to relegate art to the very fringe of life. The rest of human life we feel is more important.

Despite our constant talk about the lordship of Christ, we have narrowed its scope to a very small area of reality. We have misunderstood the concept of the lordship of Christ over the whole man and the whole of the universe and have not taken to us the riches that the Bible gives us for ourselves, for our lives, and for our culture.

The lordship of Christ over the whole of life means that there are no platonic areas in Christianity, no dichotomy or hierarchy between the body and the soul. God made the body as well as the soul, and redemption is for the whole man.”

It requires too much effort to maintain multiple identities. Work is also part of the Christian life, not separate from it.


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