(Today is just a gentle reminder to keep us sharp and focused as we walk out our faith together.)
“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…” Ephesians 4:1-2 AMP
Walk worthy of the vocation wherewith you are called
The calling of every believer is to live our lives in a manner that is worthy of the higher upward example of Christ in the world; living with integrity, humility, kindness gentleness and forbearance toward one another. Our lives are intended by God to be ordinaryby Heavenly standards and extraordinaryby earthly standards — not in arrogance or pride, but in humility and reliance upon the Holy Spirit, walking in heavenly power and authority with meekness. Healings, signs, even miracles should be our ordinaryas the body of Christ. Being the Body of Christ is no small or ordinary thing. Just the appellation alone is extraordinary.
What Jesus did in bodily form as a man on earth was nothing short of extraordinary to everyone who encountered Him. Whoever came into His presence by faith was transformed by the power that emanated from Him as He was completely yielded to God the Father working in and through Him with power and authority. To walk worthy of that is to imitate Him in all that we do and say while we are here on the earth.
With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love
The very idea of lowliness is either foreign or disdainful to most people. Most seek just the opposite— to be prominent or popular and wield some level of influence or dominance over others. Men are driven by a desire to be in charge and to impose their will on others as far as they can. Those who are given power without restraint to often become corrupted by it. And the adage is still true. “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
But, those who follow Christ and His manner of life are given to lowliness of heart, always seeking the best for others and encouraging the best in them. Meekness marks the heart of the true believer because he or she knows the power and authority given to them to use and the power and authority under which they are submitted to yield themselves.
Longsuffering is at the heart of the character of Jesus, because God is patient and longsuffering with us all. Therefore, it must be at the heart of our love for one another if we are to walk worthy of our calling in Christ. With that forbearance naturally follows. We need to exercise patience far more than we do. It is not our natural state of mind but the Holy Spirit convicts us if we are willing to yield to Him.
“Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, bepitiful, be courteous: Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile…” 1 Peter 3:8-10
This is our calling.
“For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: “Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His mouth”; who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously; 1 Peter 2:21-23
To live our lives in this way, motivated by love in all things, is to walk worthy of the vocation wherewith we are called.