Saturday, June 22, 2024

Worthy of Your Calling

Worthy of Your Calling 
by David Brenneman 

‭"Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all. But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore it says, “When He ascended on high, He led captive a host of captives, And He gave gifts to men.” Ephesians 4:1-8.

Many people don't think about their lives having a meaning that goes beyond their own eyes, their own point of view.  

In the days of old, those days of peasants and kings, the people knew they were to be the doers and the kings to fulfill their roles as kings in leading the people. 

Aspiring to be more than a peasant, that wasn't part of a bloodline of the king often was met with unfavorable results. 

In Christ we're all joint heirs to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. 

We have become His workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works that we might walk in them. 

Living life in such a way that people see our good works and glorify our Father in Heaven.  

We have a calling in Christ to fulfill. 
We have been given Spiritual gifts as well as THE Spiritual Advisor to teach us what a life in Christ is to be about. 

There is something in Christ for all Believer's to be doing that's more than just making ends meet. 

Unlike the work of this world, Jesus intended and insists on our spending time resting in Him. 

This is huge. Yet it's beyond just those words. We read that, and songs sung in Church's repeat it, that He is the Potter and we are the clay.

A Potter, to make something that's way more than an elemental piece for common use, takes great pains in not rushing the process. 

Jesus is not going to rush our growth in Christ, but IS going to cause us to grow at a pace that's fitting for who we need to be in Christ...for His purpose for each of us.

What you are to be in Christ is going to be different than myself. Than those you know who are Believers.

All Believer's are being sanctified. In Thessalonians it says that is God’s will for you and I. Sanctified means set apart. To be holy as He is holy. 

Do you take interest and intentional steps towards holiness?

Do you rest when your Shepherd says to rest?

Do you hear His voice? That's important too. As you might have learned in life, if you're doing all the talking, then you're not listening very much. 

We have a worthy calling in Christ. 
Read very carefully the letters to the Churches in the book of Revelation. 

Take your calling in Christ seriously. My Dear Reader, the ONLY retirement program in Christ is when you die. You only cross the finish line of your race in Christ when you breathe your last. As Paul in such a way as to win the prize. 

Think hard about this. Because the Spirit thought that was important enough to include that concept in God's Word and to keep it in it.

Everyone is to be running that race. There are NO physical limitations in a Spiritual race towards Heavens finish line.  

It's going to take discipline. Shedding worldviews. Shedding all forms of impropriety. Shedding thoughts and feelings that do not align with the teachings of the Spirit in God's Word. If God's Word says something is sin. Stand on that truth. Don't create excuses for yourself to continue in such sins. 

Paul said those were practiced sins. Sins those in the Church were intentionally doing even knowing that they shouldn't be. 

The results of such will be seen later by all Believers at the Bema Seat with Jesus...when we give an account of our lives before Him. 

Realize that you are NOT going to be asked anything about why you did what you did in your life. Your all-knowing Lord and Savior Jesus Christ does not need to ask you why you did something. He is the one who searches the hearts. He searches your heart right now. 

Those in Ephesus were exhorted and by extension so are we...walk worthy of your calling in Christ Jesus. 

You either live for self or live for Jesus. There's heavy consequences to living for self rather than living the life Jesus intended for you. Both in this life and the time to come when you stand before Jesus. The works, which is everything in your life, will be tried by fire. Only those things we did for Jesus will remain to become a crown of righteousness that we will give back to Jesus. Don't you want to give Him a really good crown?

Think about what your life is about. 
Think about a serious conversation you might be needing to have with Jesus about it.

If you're letting past failures or past hurts drive you away from your calling in Christ. Stop. Go back. 

Ask Him for the help you need to succeed where He wants you to be. 

All NASB 1995 and NASB Scripture Excerpts used by permission. (C) Lockman Foundation.

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