16 SEPTEMBER 2018   WALKING WORTHY OF OUR CALLING In Ephesians 4:1-3 (ESV) the Apostle Paul wrote to the church at Ephesus and, could we say, to us,  these words, I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the  calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing  with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. I don't believe that Paul was only writing to those in church leadership or referring to that type of  special calling but in his concern for the Ephesus brotherhood, he says, "I urge you" Also, in 1 Corinthians 1:26, he addresses the brotherhood, "For consider your calling brothers...." and Paul’s words apply equally to us today.  When God calls a sinner and he repents and is converted, that person enters into a vocation of a  life of service for the Lord. This is a "high" calling, because it's a call from God Himself. But it's not  a calling that lifts man in honour or to high position, which men so often desire. Reading further in 1 Corinthians 1:26 ”For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to  worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth.” To walk worthy of  this calling, one needs to have a heart like Jesus Christ, who said, "I am meek and lowly in heart"  (Matthew 11:29). One definition of vocation is, "a divine call to a religious life." So every member  of the church of God is included in this call.  The question is; Are we living in a way that brings glory to our Master, being a good  representa-tive of the kingdom of God? Again, Paul writing to the Thessalonians states, To this  end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfil  every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus  may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus  Christ.”2 Thessalonians 1:11-12  In his letter to the Colossian church, he writes, And so, from the day we heard, we have not  ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual  wisdom and understanding, 10 so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to  him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.  Colossians 1:9-10  and in verse 13, he extols God, " He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred  us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, Colossians 1:13. Humility and a feeling of unworthiness is a  key to walking worthily, as we read in Ephesians 4, "With all lowliness and meekness with  longsuffering, for-bearing one another in love." This is not the world's way of thinking to be  successful. It's not the way of the flesh or the natural man. But when we have been "translated"  (transformed, converted) into His kingdom, we receive a new heart and mind that realize God's  ways are higher than man's ways and His thoughts different than man's thoughts. 2 Thessalonians 1:12 “That the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the  grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. The only way we can be counted worthy is through  Him and His grace. He makes us worthy. James writes that God resists the proud but gives grace  to the humble (James 4:6).  May we all be encouraged in our interaction with the world to live in such a way that they can see  the life of Christ in us, not only in our spirit but outwardly, too, in our dress, behaviour, business  transactions, and everything we do. May God help us to walk worthy of the vocation to which we are called.   
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