Have a Good Work Life Balance: A Look at Paul

How to Have a Good Work Life Balance

I have wondered why my love for our students is so often under attack. It seems that the busyness of life, the burdens of building, and the magnitude of adversity we daily face can take our eyes off the students.  We can become engulfed in our circumstances and overlook our clientele—our students!

It becomes quite a task to prioritize all God has given us to do—parenting, marriage, work, preparation for teaching, walking with God, etc. In the midst of it all, how often should we keep our focus on the students that so desperately need us?

Paul’s Ministry was to People

Perhaps the Bible character that had more students than any other (outside of the Lord Jesus) was the Apostle Paul. Paul so loved the people that God had called him to mentor. His ministry was his people—his students. And friend, ministry without people only produces misery. Our ministries must be focused on our people, our students.

The Apostle Paul cared for his people in such a way that, even in the most discouraging situations, his focus could be found directly on the needs of his people. We see this clearly evidenced in the book of Philippians. In Philippians 1, Paul reveals his heartbeat for his people and shares how he gained such a spirit of dedication and sacrifice for those to whom God had called him to minister and develop.

Paul’s Mediation Concentration

I would like to walk you through this great chapter and piece together Paul’s heart (his mediation concentrations) so that we can better understand how we can develop a similar heartbeat for those whom God has called us to serve.

Church of Philippi’s Background

Allow me to set the stage for this chapter by giving a little background to the book of Philippians. The Apostle Paul wrote this letter to the church in Philippi from a Roman prison. He and his partner Silas had started the church of Philippi about twelve years earlier. Two years after they had started the church, they were arrested. It was in that Philippian jail that Paul and Silas rejoiced after having been beaten badly.  God sent an earthquake to free them from their chains. This is where the Philippian jailer and his family got saved. This church had witnessed Paul’s trial and his triumph over it all.

10 Years Later

But now, it is ten years later. Paul is imprisoned again, but elsewhere. Yet, though he is locked up, his heart is ON the Philippian people. Because of his sacrificial love for his people, he wrote them this book of exhortation and sent it by the hand of Epaphroditus. Imagine that! Paul is in jail where one man is sent to  “minister to [Paul’s] wants” (2:25); and yet, because he was so burdened for his students in Philippi, he sent his most valuable asset (his encourager) to THEM rather than keep him for himself. Wow! What a “burden to be a blessing” he had! Though his circumstances were bleak, he was focused on his “students”, even to the detriment of his own well-being!

Paul wanted to encourage these people. Twenty-seven times in this letter, he uses the words “joy” or “rejoicing.” The purpose of sending Epaphroditus was, “that, when ye see him again, ye may rejoice, and that I may be the less sorrowful” (2:27).

What a ministry this man had! Is there any doubt in your mind that he was focused on his students? His life revolved around their development. I believe this came supernaturally for Paul. In God’s power, he didn’t need to be reminded to care for those to whom God had sent him to serve.

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Steve Curington grew up in a Christian home and graduated from North Love Christian School in 1984. After high school, Steve started a 10-year addiction to alcoholism and cocaine. After a serious car accident, Steve found complete sobriety through his relationship with Jesus Christ. After his recovery in 1996, Steve began Reformers Unanimous, a faith-based addiction ministry. What started as a humble, Friday night addiction class with four regular attendees in Rockford, Illinois, grew to a class of more than 300 people from the community and then spread to other churches across the country and around the world. The founder of Reformers Unanimous International (RU) died suddenly on October 30, 2010. Mr. Curington, a husband and father of five children, was only 45, but he accomplished more in his 15 years of ministry than many do in a lifetime. We know his work, his writing, his voice, and his reach will live on.

One thought on “Have a Good Work Life Balance: A Look at Paul

  1. My preacher growing up (he is in heaven now), used to say, “your ministry should always have a face”. This is a wonderful truth that will help us keep a healthy perspective in God's work.

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