Bible Reflection: Walking Worthy of Your Calling in the Lord


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Walking Worthy of Your Calling in the Lord

Walk in Humility, Longsuffering, and Unity with Believers

by J.M. Troppello


I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, 2 with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, 3 endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. (Eph. 4:1-6, NKJV)

After rereading this passage from Ephesians, I checked in the Thomas Nelson Study Bible notes. One statement pertaining to this passage really resonated with me.


“Note that the Christian life is not compared here to running or standing still, but to a walk.”

I love that statement. My walk with the Lord shouldn’t be running or standing still, but it should be a walk. Sure, that note is open to interpretation. Yes, Paul writes about running the race, striving for the crown, in I Corinthians 9:24-27. However, I do like how this passage from Ephesians discusses that you should “walk worthy of the calling with which you were called.”


Digging Deeper


  • Lowliness

  • Gentleness

  • Longsuffering


Those three words are important characteristics of how the Christian should walk worthy of their calling in the Lord. Believe me, I know that’s not always easy to do. Paul further urges that Christians should bear with each other in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.


Jesus demonstrated these characteristics. He lived this model for us to imitate in our own Christian walk. You can take steps to walk this way in the Lord. However, you’ll be able to do this when you walk in the power of the Holy Spirit, and follow His lead – not your own fleshly desires.


5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. (Phil. 2:5-8, NKJV)

You can read in Philippians 2:5-8 about the humility of Christ, and His exaltation. Again, Christ is our example of how to live a life humbly set apart to God. Cultivating these attitudes in your daily walk takes time. It helps to spend time with God each day in personal Bible reading and prayer. You can work with an accountability partner to help you continue to grow and develop as a Christian in this lifelong journey of your faith.


Bearing with one another in love takes work.

Just remember verses 4-6 from this passage in Ephesians. There is ONE body of Christ. There is ONE Spirit – the Holy Spirit. As a Christian, you were called to ONE hope. We serve ONE Lord. We all walk in ONE faith in God, have ONE baptism, and serve ONE God, who is God the Father.


Referring to the baptism, The Thomas Nelson Study Bible says that Paul’s reference in this passage could be to baptism in the Holy Spirit or it may refer to water baptism. You can read in I Cor. 12:13 that we were all baptized into one body by one Spirit.


Do you find it difficult to walk in unity in the body of Christ?



Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.

 

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J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.


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