2.3 Live a Life Worthy of Your Calling

So I, the prisoner for the Lord, appeal to you to live a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called [that is, to live a life that exhibits godly character, moral courage, personal integrity, and mature behavior—a life that expresses gratitude to God for your salvation]. . . .  Ephesians 4:1, AMP

The Apostle Paul  wrote Ephesians to a group of Christians from the city of Ephesus who were  believers just like us today!   So, it is important to note that Paul was not writing to young ministers like Timothy or to the great apostles like Peter or John.  Instead, he wrote to an audience of regular, yet faithful, believers and followers of Jesus Christ.  This truth is significant because Paul not only instructs, but BEGS, these believers to live their lives in a manner worthy of the calling.  

So, what is a calling, and why is Paul begging them to live lives that reflects this worthy calling?

Your calling is your divine purpose.  God made us not only in His image and likeness (Genesis 1:26), but He infused us with His giftings and talents to accomplish kingdom purposes!  God’s Word says in Ephesians 2:10 that “we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago” (NLT). The “we” in Ephesians 2:10 is the same audience and, therefore, the same “we” of Ephesians 4:10!  WE ARE ALL CALLED AND CREATED BY GOD TO DO GOOD THINGS THAT BRING HIM GREAT GLORY!  

But Paul doesn’t stop there!  He goes further and challenges, even begs the believers, to start living their lives in a way that is worthy of that calling.  The Amplified Bible reinforces and explains excellently what “worthy living” means.  A life worthy of the calling is a life that daily exhibits godly character, has moral courage and personal integrity, behaves maturely, and expresses thankfulness and gratitude to God for all He has done.  So Paul challenges the Ephesians, and us today, to live lives worthy of His divine calling.  We have purpose, and because we have purpose, we move toward living a life that looks, sounds, and behaves a bit more like Jesus—a life worthy of the calling!  

PRAYER:  God, Thank You for creating me with purpose and giving me a divine calling.  Help me to understand my purpose and to live my life in a way that is truly worthy of my calling.  Please teach me how to develop and exhibit godly character, to have moral courage and personal integrity, to behave maturely, and to have a true heart of gratitude.

COMMITMENT:  I am created and called by God to do great things for His glory!  I choose to set aside my own will and desires, and with God’s help, I will do my best to live my life in such a way that is truly worthy of my calling.

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