Live a life worthy of the calling you have received
As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
In this passage, Paul exhorts the church to unity based on the truths of one God and His one work of salvation.
This was a counter-cultural call in Paul’s time, and it remains counter-cultural today. Generally, our society does not value humility or patience, or unity. It is easy to retreat into our own filter bubbles where we might never meaningfully engage with those that are different from us.
Part of the beauty of being a regular member of a local church is hopefully we do get the opportunity to serve one another in love, and to encounter people we otherwise might not mix with. This is a glimpse of heaven where every tribe, nation, and tongue will be seated around God’s throne, praising Him forever.
Can I encourage you to pause for a moment please and reflect on whether you have been bearing with members of your church in love. If the answer is no, please bring to God in prayer about how you could more faithfully live a life worthy of His calling.
Prayer: Lord, thank you that you call us to unity with other believers. In your mercy please strengthen us to be eager to peacefully maintain the unity of your spirit with those in our growth group and church. Thank you that you are over all, through all, and in all.
A song to listen to: One Hope
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