Walking worthy of the calling of which you were called is the greatest love you can show Jesus, your Lord and Savior.
Ephesians 4: 1-3, 1 I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, 2 with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, 3 endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Paul saw himself as a prisoner of the Lord in that his heart’s desire was to live every aspect of his life for Jesus and the gospel of Christ. This does not mean that he was a captive prisoner, but chose to be a willing vessel that was compelled to reach the Gentiles for the Lord. Paul examples a walk of worthiness before the Lord as he was consistently perfecting his own understand of Jesus in addition to putting the desires of his flesh under his feet. (1 Corinthians 9:27).
When Paul calls for us to walk in all lowliness he is not referencing to weakness or putting ourselves down before others. On the contrary for a Christian to put oneself down either secretly or before man is to call God a liar. God is the one that has lifted our head, (Psalms 3:3). We are called to be a light to the world, but to submit one to another. Submitting to each other is actually an action of lowliness where we are to give favor to our brother in the Lord; to hear his heart and share ours with him. In doing so there is the power of unity when we pray for one another (Ephesians 5:20, 21). Gentleness, longsuffering, and bearing in love with one another is best understood by reading 1 Corinthians Chapter 13. This is referred to as the love chapter and is a tall order for people in the world, but not so for those who have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior. As we learn the love of Christ we are able to extend it to others. We are called to love others as we love ourselves. There are seven locations in six books of the New Testament that teach us this truth; therefore, it must be important to move forward in God. (Matthew 19:19, 22:39, Mark 12:31, Luke 10:27, Romans 13:9, Galatians 5:14, & James 2:8) Paul tells us that of faith, hope, and love the greatest of these is love (1 Corinthians 13:13). Learning to love oneself is sometimes a problem when life has put a person down to the point they no longer love or even respect themselves. I believe this happens to Christians when there is a lack of understanding regarding the differences of faith, hope, and love. Bad circumstances happen to everyone, but those in Christ Jesus have an advocate and a petition before God for help in times of need. Romans 8:28 tells us, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose”.
Faith is the substance of things hoped for, Hebrews 11:1. This tells us that faith is in the past. We must have faith to believe that the word of God spoken to Abraham regarding this covenant was real. We must have faith that Jesus actually died and rose again for our salvation; we must have faith that the bible written over two thousand years ago is the true word of God. Faith is past tense. Hope is future in that we are taking our faith in what we believe has happened or has been done for us, and will have the same power in our desires and prayers for the future. “For one does not hope in what one can see”, (Romans 8:24). Love is present; it is the accumulation of faith in the past, hope in the future, and pulling them both together for any situation in life now. This is the power to bear with one another with love. As we purpose to see ourselves and our brother the way God see us, there is no room for envy and strife.
Not “endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace”; is the one “toe in the door” that Satan uses to keep the body of Christ, the church, fragmented. If one can put a thousand to flight, and two can put ten thousand to flight, then if Satan can continue to keep denominations separated over man’s doctrine, and members separated over envy and strife, then he is allowed to continue in his stolen power, doing what he wills with man, and the different denominations from actually being the “body of Christ”. Think about this! How long does a person’s arm live once it has been severed from the body? Without a connection to the brain a human eye has no use. It is the church, the body of Christ, who has been given the keys of the kingdom of heaven. We have been given the power to bind and loose both heaven and earth, but the true power of this truth lies in our coming back together as one body of Christ. In Matthew 16:19, Jesus is the one that gave us the keys; we the church are the ones that are pulling His body apart with our separation of denominations and lack of unity within each church. Paul began dealing with this issue in the church, as seen in 1 Corinthians 1:12, nearly two thousand years ago and here we are today, even further from the truth because this lie has gone worldwide.
It’s time for God’s children to lay down the differences found inside the box of each denomination and within each church. We can only do this by recognizing that if Jesus Christ is taught in a denomination; that He was crucified for our salvation that God raised Him from the dead, and to openly confess Jesus as our Lord, then those who believe and speak are our brother and sister in the Lord. Anything else taught that causes separation is a lie, “let God be true and every man a liar”, (Romans 3:4).
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