Pastor's Blog

September 8, 2021

What is your Calling?

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. 7 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”

 

Walk-in a Worthy Manner

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

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 CAN NOT 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. You can ask all day long, but until we turn from our wicked ways, we have repented.

Walk in the Spirit

with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Ephesians 4:2 (cf Galatians 5:22-23)

I want to focus on three key aspects here: gentleness, bearing with one another, and unity.

Gentle and Patient

Be gentle with each other. Be patient with each other, knowing that one struggle may not always be fully known. I don’t care how deep the grapevine goes.  This is Beverly hills housewives; this is the body of Christ!  We have to act better, be better, walk the line He has called us to, step up so we can step out!

Unity

We have to be in unity! Your neighbor is not against you, your brother, your sister need not be against you; we need to join together in unity and become one in the flesh, in heart, and in mind if we ever expect to stand against what the enemy is throwing at us! If we are not unified as a body, then we allow the enemy to get in to break us apart.

Unity in the Early Church in Acts 2:1

The church was all in ONE ACCORD. UNITY, Partnership, Synergy, as a Team, UNIFIED… that’s why Pentecost came and in a time when there were warrants out for their arrests, and they had seen the work they had done to Jesus!  They knew nothing could save them except Jesus, so what did they do?  They put their differences aside and came together and worshipped!  Then He released His Spirit, and we have never been the same.  What the enemy has done through Covid has been astounding to me. He has taken us to where our face is hidden, our voices silent, our smile silent and masked us, and the result is silence in the church, discipleship, mentoring, love, grace….growth in the body of Christ!

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