Little Things from Lisa
“As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 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.” Ephesians 4:1-3
Paul’s words to the church at Ephesus have haunted me all week as I prepared the sermon on the book of Ephesians. Specifically the “live a life worthy of the calling you have received,” part. Am I doing that? Absolutely not. I believe if we are honest with ourselves, there are not many who can say they do. Mother Theresa perhaps. Or Ghandi. Maybe even Pope Francis. However, I believe their humility would prohibit them from claiming victory.
But I am not suffering from a bout of humility, but rather honesty. For I know where I come up short living a life worthy of the calling I have received. What a blessing, what an honor, to be called to service for the Lord. Yet I am far from being patient and gentle. I often do not make every effort to keep the unity of the spirit through peace. Rather I seek selfish desires and getting my own needs met.
Does any of this sound familiar? When I have these moments of conviction that is the time when I truly seek the love of God. He has called each of us, no matter our shortcomings or failings, to service for Him. He loves us unconditionally. Yet these convicting moments of our shortcomings remind us He loves us too much to allow us to stay the way we are.
When I am haunted that I am not living up to my calling, it is a wake-up call from God. A tap on the shoulder, if you will, to remind me whose I am and why I’m here. No matter what our “job” is, our lives belong to Christ. And walking worthy of our calling is a day to day effort to bring our very best to others on behalf of Christ. Far too often I am looking for the best of others to come to me. And when it doesn’t, I reserve my best. This is not what God desires. Nor does it bring joy.
Perhaps if we each start with ourselves first and foremost, we can change each other’s walk. I will do my best to live a life worthy of my calling regardless of how the world responds. And my joy will come from a loving God who is responding with His very best through my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.