Live a life worthy of the calling

Ephesians 4--1

Although the Verse of the Day for January 30, 2017 comes from Ephesians 4:2, in order to understand more fully the context of the opening exhortation of chapter 4, we must also include verses 1-3 rendered this way in the New Living Translation:

Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.

In Verse 1 Paul, the prisoner of the Lord, exhorts members of the Body of Christ, to embrace their calling to ministry and conduct themselves worthily, according to the high standards of that calling.

Verse 2 offers another reminder to live in humility and meekness with patience whereby we endure or bear up under, and “put up with,” making allowances for one another because we love one another. Patience is the golden strand woven throughout the gnarled threads that comprise the tapestries of our lives. As believers we are exhorted to wait patiently for the return of Christ who is our blessed hope. We are encouraged, not only to wait for him but to wait on him, as we serve one another in love.

Believers are further encouraged to make haste hence or to be diligent, eager, and to make every effort in maintaining the unity of the faith, “binding yourselves together with peace.” Colossians 3:15 reiterates this point:

And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.

This passage from Ephesians 4 reminds believers how we should conduct our lives and to walk worthy of our calling:

The Call

I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord,

beseech you to walk worthy of the calling

with which you were called,

Ephesians 4:1

The call resounds like a repeated name

From the lips of a dear friend who knows you.

We clearly hear our name and see the flame

That lights the path of those whom God foreknew

Would hear and heed a higher destiny.

This calling only God can verify.

Our ears cannot hear; our eyes cannot see;

Yet within our heart we cannot deny

That we have heard and seen what few will know.

We must still rise and strive to reach the place

Where the rivers of understanding flow

And never doubt God’s purpose and His grace.

We stand in the unbroken line of all

Those who, having heard, rise to heed the call.

The accompanying video also invites us to “Answer God’s call”

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