Monday 18 September, 2017

Ephesians 4:1-6

4 I am a prisoner because of the Lord. So I am asking you to live a life worthy of what God chose you for. 2 Don’t be proud at all. Be completely gentle. Be patient. Put up with one another in love. 3 The Holy Spirit makes you one in every way. So try your best to remain as one. Let peace keep you together. 4 There is one body and one Spirit. You were appointed to one hope when you were chosen. 5 There is one Lord, one faith and one baptism. 6 There is one God and Father of all. He is over everything. He is through everything. He is in everything.

When Paul wrote these words he was a prisoner for Christ. I find it incredible in that context he encourages the Christians of Ephesus to “live a life worthy of the calling you have received” V1. Paul had every reason to complain and be bitter towards God, after all he had been obedient, shared the good news throughout the known Roman world at great personal cost, suffered many dangerous situations – only to end up in a Roman prison, an innocent man. Yet Paul is not bitter. He knows this is all part of God’s purpose. So when he says we are to live a life worthy of God’s calling on us, he has credentials!

One demonstration of living in this way is pursuing unity in the church. I notice that Paul describes this as an action (make every effort ) and intentional ( be completely …) The impression is this will require work to preserve the unity we have through the Spirit. The purpose – to grow together into maturity in Christ, and to share the truth of his love with as many as we can.

In pursuing this unity we respond to God’s love and his love impacts our lives again and again. We grow stronger in Him together.

Dearest Lord Jesus,

My aim is to live a life worthy of your calling on me. Not to earn your favour and grace, but to show you my love. Make me fit for the task by your Holy Spirit working powerfully in my life today. I am expectant.   Amen

Written by Claire Moore

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