I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called. Ephesians 4:1
This is my heart for all of you and Christians everywhere on the planet. Walk out your calling. I only partially understand the heart of the apostle Paul in this plea. I understand that it is the most important thing in this life and I understand that we need to continuously encourage one another in this area. I also understand that it isn’t always easy to persevere and I understand that not every Christian gets it and those who do, only in part.
Paul starts out his encouragement to the Christians of his day by saying, “I’m in prison for this calling, that’s how real it is to me. So now, I’m begging you to not make it all for nothing. Please, please walk worthy of the calling that you were called to.” You can feel his heart’s desire for each one of them to complete the assignment God placed on their lives. His example, though not perfect, is what walking worthy looks like. It is living everyday on God’s purpose. Not getting up in the morning to see what you feel like, it is walking out each step reaching out to love and encourage others. Paul wasn’t just an apostle and minister of the gospel; he also had a vocation. He had a job, just like all of us do. His job was as a tent maker. He did his job faithfully and at the same time used that as his platform to introduce others to Jesus. Now that he was stuck in prison, he spurs the churches along to fulfill their mission in this world and pass it on to the next generation until Jesus comes.
That’s our mission too. Though it looks different for everyone as we walk out the life and work God has placed us in, we walk worthy of our calling by being faithful and using the influence we do have to introduce those around us to Him. Whether through kindness, encouraging words or just being different from the rest of the world by not complaining about every inconvenience, we are walking worthy of our calling. We are also the example for the next generation. We are the ones that make sure Christianity doesn’t fade away by spurring on our children and their children to do the same. I know God is the one who keeps this faith alive, but He calls His people to do that work here in the world.
Today I want to encourage you to walk worthy of your calling. Be faithful and thankful in the place God has you right now. Be an encouragement and pray for those around you to come to the knowledge of the truth. Ask your Heavenly Father to open doors for you to love on the hurting people around you and let people know that God is close and not far away as most people perceive Him to be. Today, I beg you to walk worthy of the calling with which you’re were called and be thankful for all God is doing in your life each day. This is what life is all about! Spend time talking to others and your family members to make sure their intensity doesn’t die down but burns red hot!
Today’s scripture reading: Ephesians 4:1-6