“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
A New Calling
(Please read Ephesians 4:1-3)
Most of us probably experienced our first “calling” when we became students in school. We met new situations and challenges on a daily basis and were sometimes embarrassed at our ignorance, but we continued to learn. Along with the school’s requirements, we had understandings with our parents about how we would conduct ourselves, and we accepted all these standards with the assumption that they would help us become the persons our parents wanted us to be.
When we accept the “upward call of God Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14, NAS), we find many similarities to those beginning years in school. We’re in a new situation, we’re learning, our needs are provided for by our Father, he has great expectations of us, and we want to become more like him.
Knowing of those expectations, Paul wrote the entreaty in our text. We have been called, by the tender invitation of God through the Lord Jesus. Having accepted that invitation, we have a new calling, a new vocation as servants of the Lord.
Thus we need to know what constitutes walking in a worthy manner. And the New Testament is replete with information on the subject. In our text Paul indicated that such a walk is “with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing forbearance to one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” While this teaching does not entirely summarize what God expects of us in our holy calling, it tells much about the spirit in which our lives should be lived. May he help us live up to our calling.