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. Ephesian 4:1-3
What a lovely verse to park on this morning. Let us idle right here.
Brother Paul, an Apostle of God is writing this letter to the Ephesus brethren. No doubt Paul is in love with this people and longs to impart to them great revelations of the Lord. Paul is writing his appeal from a constrained place. A chained place. A place of bondage. Darkness. Funny how those heavy chains couldn’t break the spirit of this man of God….nor restrict the Words of God.
Paul implores his Christian brethren to “Live in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called.” Cool words from many generations ago that have rung true down through the ages and chime today in our ears.
Today, I am gonna picture the “calling to which you have been called” as our spiritual gifts, our ministries, our work for the Lord that He designed for us before the foundations of the earth, that we should walk it. That calling.
And I am gonna preach into this written page that the Lord is pleased with us when we live faithful to the call…when we live “worthy” of His plans.
In our text, Paul then goes on to list where our foot will step as we are walking out our call… if we are to be found worthy, that is. Listen.
Step out in humility.
Step again in gentleness.
Step forth in patience.
Land your foot in tolerance.
Then take a nice big stride in love.
Every footstep laced with diligence.
Always preserving the unity of the Spirit while stepping in peace.
Them is some pretty cool footsteps that I wanna follow. It shouldn’t be too hard to find this trail as it is well marked by the saints that have gone before. They left some broken branches and matted grass. Some tear stained rocks where they had built an alter along the way. Some blood soiled tree stumps where they laid down their lives and their journey ended.
These are the footsteps I need to follow to be found worthy of the call of God on my life. Step by step by step by step. And I hope that my stepping will make it easier for the next generations to follow this path.