Today you should read: Ephesians 4:1-6
Keeping The Church First …
“Life is not all about my individual calling.” That was a lesson God taught me in the recent past. We regularly keep our “individual calling” as the front-runner of reasons why we should or should not do something. We say things like… “He has wired me like this…” or “He has gifted me like this…” and therefore we decide to do something or not do something. Make no mistake, God HAS gifted us in unique ways. He has made us for certain callings and tasks. He does call us into things and out of things. He does bring opportunities to do His work in ways we would have never expected in earlier years. This is all great!! But, what we see from today’s passage is that church is more important than my individual calling. The church is the benefactor and beneficiary of my individual calling. My calling is not an end in itself.
Paul begins this passage giving us his qualification. He is a prisoner for Jesus. He believes in his message so much that he is imprisoned for it. Then he tells us to “walk in a manner worthy of our calling.” In layman’s terms: live a life that matches up with the truth of the Gospel. Our main calling is to live for Jesus, therefore we should live lives that match His truth.
Then Paul tells us what that looks like exactly. He mentions things like humility, gentleness, patience, forbearance, and love. The purpose? The common denominator? The goal? Maintaining unity. He says we should be eager to do so. Eager to maintain unity. Eager.
Paul says there is one Church body just like there is one God and one calling that we have all been called to. Our overall calling to Christ, through the Gospel, and our calling to one church body is far more important than anything else. The church represents Christ to the world and is called to love God together.
Therefore, to close, I would like to ask you:
Are the decisions you are making, the callings you are following, the relationships you are pursuing, and the ways you are living displaying an eagerness to maintain the unity of the church? Is the church more important to you than your individual calling? I pray that it would be.
Posted by: Sam Cirrincione