What is the balanced life of a Jesus disciple? An inward life, an outward life and an upward life.
in. out. up.
An inward journey focuses on my soul and what God is doing in me. An outward life is how I’m publicly living beyond myself, serving others. And an upward life is a life marked with worship to God, showing Him His worth in various expressions. (Some would call this the “IOU”). When these three areas are active and working together, evidence of a balanced life of the disciple is present.
I have seen and used this diagram many times before. However, recently, Mike Breen, in his book The Passionate Church, helped me understand this concept the best by giving two examples from Scripture: (1) the OT prophet Micah (Micah 6:8) and (2) from Jesus (in Luke 6:12-19).
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Sometimes certain sides of the triangle can grow longer – or shorter – than the others, creating an obtuse triangle. The life of a follower of Jesus is that all sides are vibrant, robust and active. It’s worth asking yourself (and others):
For some, this diagram is basic and simplistic, but if we truly get this into our bloodstream, we can begin to grasp the significant elements of how our journey with Jesus is lived out.