Responsible to Share // Thursday, September 25
Posted: Thursday, September 25
Verse of the day:
Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. (Ephesians 4:1-16)
Here, Paul challenges us to live a life worthy of the calling we have received. What does he mean? Along with caring for one another and giving room/understanding for each other’s short-comings, he means we need to follow God’s divine strategy; not the shallow counsel of people. The church is not expected to devise its own strategy or to set its own goal. The church is not an independent organization existing by means of its own strength. We can never understand this body of Christ until we view the Church as more than just an organization. Think of the examples the apostle uses for the church in this letter: The church is an army under the command of a King, and an army that will not obey its leader is useless as a fighting force. The church is a body under the control of the Head, and when the body refuses to respond to the direction of the head, we have ciaos. The church is a habitation where God dwells and He has the right to do with that habitation as He wills. With that in mind, this is the word of the apostle to us: “Live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Follow the goal that has been set before you by your Leader—Jesus Christ.”
Jesus desires that we heed our calling; that we renew our commitment to Him and become individually responsible to tell of His transforming power. To share the “good news” throughout our community, and that we should bring it into all areas of our lives.
By being faithful to God and to the message He has given us to share, we can have a major impact on our community and world.
Pastor Ken Beach // Creative Arts & Executive Pastor