4 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
7 But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. 8 This is why it says:
“When he ascended on high,
he took many captives
and gave gifts to his people.”
Ephesians 4:1 – 4:8
27 Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel
There is something that unlocks the heart of every person when we begin to grasp the vastness of what God has done for us. We’ve been called from death to life, out of darkness into light – forgiven, saved, and set free!
Jesus has redeemed and restored us so we can step into all He dreamed for us. When the reality of this truth invades our hearts, it becomes infused into our dreams and desires and helps guide, and even unearth, the gifts and talents God has given us. It compels us to take those gifts and talents and live them out for His glory!
We want our lives and how we live out our callings to reflect the worth He is due. We’re not shuffling along, eyes down. Rather, we live with faith, joy, and anticipation in knowing that we are a free, redeemed people. Living out our callings should reflect the position we hold as children of God. Confident in the One who called us, our conduct is driven by the life we’ve been given.
Along with the other Scripture from today’s reading, read Romans 8:15-17 in The Message translation. Consider your position as a loved child of God and what it looks like for you personally to live a life worthy of the Gospel, worthy of your salvation in Jesus, and worthy of the call on your life. Is there anything you would currently change?