Worthy Of The Calling

“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…Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.  Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as Christ forgave you.”
Ephesians 4:1-3, 31-32 (NIV)

One thing that I really love about this passage is that it puts everything into context for me.  Sometimes I become so frustrated with lists of things that I’m not supposed to do—don’t gossip, don’t let the sun go down on your anger, don’t harbor unforgiveness; and while I acknowledge their importance, at times I feel so defeated and question why I even need to worry about this. 

Ephesians 4:1 is a great charge, “Live a life worthy of the calling you have received.”  This verse is such a great encouragement to me because I do fall short, I’m going to sin, and I will continue to struggle, particularly when it comes to unforgiveness, but this gives me something to strive for.  1 Peter 1:9 says, “But you are a chooses people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

In Christ, we have received an incredible calling; we have been brought from darkness into light; we have been forgiven, saved, and freed from our sins; we belong to Him, and we are called to be His witnesses.  We have bigger things to focus on and strive for than to sit around and be angry with our brothers and sisters.  Rather than being crippled by my bitterness, anger, and unforgiveness, I long to be a woman who rises into the calling that I have received.  

  Lord, words can’t even begin to express how much I love you!  As much as I love you, I continue to pray for a heart that loves and forgives your children.  Thank you for the ways you are already transforming my heart.  I pray that I will live a life worthy of the calling that you have given me.  I pray that you will help me to bear with people in love, be kind and compassionate, and forgive freely in the same way that you have forgiven me.  Thank you for the incredible calling that I have in you!