(Submitted by Paul O’Rourke)
Paul exhorts us to “live a life worthy of the calling we have received.” The Message version encourages us to RUN on the path God has called us. He says, “I don’t want anyone strolling off, down some path that goes nowhere.”
So how do we live a life worth of this calling?
Paul tells us in Ephesians, “Be completely humble and gentle, be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” In yesterday’s post, we talked about healthy relationships. Looking beyond our own personal influence and happiness, think of the corporate influence we have when we live at peace with one another.
Imagine a church, family, marriage, workplace where the individuals are completely humble and gentle, patient and loving. Where each one makes every effort, and takes personal responsibility to maintain unity through the bond of peace? A life worthy of the calling!
Everyone generously donating their gifts for the benefit of others.
Speaking the truth in love.
Renewing our minds.
Not allowing disagreements to go unresolved.
Ridding ourselves of all bitterness, malice and slander.
Being kind and compassionate.
Speaking words that benefit those who listen.
Everything we do either contributes to unity or takes from it.
Heavenly Father, I want nothing more than to live a life worthy of the calling you have for me. Thank you for giving me clear guidelines for how to live in unity with others to create peace all around me. Help me to be kind, compassionate, uplifting, hard-working, generous and loving to those you have placed in my sphere of influence. I pray your name will be glorified as I continue to seek you in everything I do. In Jesus’ name, Amen.