What is Your Calling?

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I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.

Ephesians 4:1-7
We are in a fight for our souls in a way that we have never been before. Sin was not in God’s original creation, but it was a choice made by Eve after careful consideration of the consequences. We now face the consequences of Adam and Eve’s deliberate sin. We now must choose who to follow, our old sinful man created in the likeness of Adam or the new man created in the likeness of Christ.

Be Holy

We are faced with a similar problem as Adam and Eve: choose sin or holiness. However, God calls us in 1 Peter 1:16 to be holy even as He is holy. That word holy comes from the Greek word ‘haliogue,’ meaning holy, consecrated, sacred, godly. Ultimately, the word holy, for the purposes of this text, means to be set apart. For believers, to be set apart describes God setting apart his followers from the rest of the world, and your race, creed, nationality, upbringing does not negate the call on your life. You must choose to accept Christ, which has implications on your life. For one, that you will be different from the rest of the world, thus set apart. I use the word Covenant because God established a covenant through His precious Son Jesus. Jesus fulfills the word of God, which was the covenants in the Old Testament that looked forward to the coming Messiah who would die for our sin. Thus, Jesus declared on the cross, ‘it is finished’ He declared every perfect work that the law requires had been accomplished in him. The result of those who trust in him is being made into his likeness, or the theological word, glorification. Jesus speaks of this in Revelation 21:5, “Behold, I make all things new.” Not some, not a few…ALL, everyone says “ALL”

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called,

Ephesians 4:1

Walk in a Worthy Manner

God desires for you to walk worthy of the call that he has placed on your life. His calling comes with expectations that you will follow His will. Thus, you surrender your rights and privileges to His will since He is your Lord and Master. His will is stronger than yours, which means you forsake worldly praise, and you are willing to be a fool for Christ regardless of the consequences or how that may make you feel. We live by the truth of the Gospel! When Paul says that He is a prisoner of Christ, his life is an example for us and shows that we too are prisoners of Christ. Thus, we must walk worthy of that calling. We are His; we are not His own. So, why do we think we have what it takes to run our life and see them successful?

You Cannot be Successful Without the Lord Guiding Your Steps

You will fall each and every time; this is why God says in John 15:2 that he prunes every vine that produces fruit and cuts off the dead. He requires us to be Holy, and anything that is not Holy He will cut off. Thus, God desires that we are good vines. God often prunes us, which causes us pain. He saves and forgives, but he also sanctifies us. However, until we turn from our sin, we will not receive healing from the Lord.