“...lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God.” Ephesians 4:1.
Notice the emphasis here in the text is on God who does the calling, not so much us for being called. I know what your thinking; but I’m so good at being called. I pray without ceasing and read my bible daily, and my speech is always full of grace. I’ve fixed my thoughts on things that are true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and worthy of praise.
Right, here’s the problem the bible words it a little differently. It says we don’t realize it, but we’re actually...wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked (Rev. 3:17). That God sees the extent of our wickedness and that every intention of the thoughts of our heart is only evil all the time (Gen. 6:5).
It would seem then that there's a gap between how we perceive ourselves and our true state. Who we really are or more to the point how we really are. In fact Romans 8:8 says “Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.”
So how can we change? Well, if you’re reading this you’ve probably already taken the first step, by repenting of your sins and believing on Christ for the salvation of your soul. 2 Cor. 5:17 tells us that “...if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” and Galatians 5:16 tells us “...that if we” walk by the Spirit we will not gratify the desires of the flesh.”
The thing is you’ve probably already noticed that you still sin. Between now and the consummation of this salvation promise most of us still have a long way to go. Paul knows that and exhorts us to “live a life worthy of our calling”. As disciples of Christ, the outcome is already fixed, but the process is yet underway. Until the time we come face to face with Jesus, we continue to live in a fallen world, with fallen people, who struggle with fallen natures. Of whom the Apostle Paul says he is the Chief. Whether your an Apostle, Disciple or just plain old you or me, we all sin, a lot. But there's Good News, Ephesians 2:4-5 tell us that “...God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses [sins], made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved.” His Grace saved us even while we were dead sinners, how much more will it not keep us now that we are alive in Christ!
So then our responsibility is to do our best to live a life worthy of the calling and work He has already accomplished for us and in us through the cross. His worthiness becomes our worth!
Father, help me make the most of grace by living for your Glory. Holy Spirit, keep my heart inclined to you, my mind stayed on you, and my hands active for you. Help me to live in a manner worthy of your call oh God. In Jesus name, I pray, Amen.
What does a life worthy of God’s call look like, read Ephesians 4:1-3.
By Ruben Campos