Let’s speak about our walk, what we are called for and check our egos and pride at the door. How we stay in tuned with the Holy Spirit, and how we can keep the peace and unity with the Spirit of God.
Ephesians 4: 1 thru 3
Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, urge you to live worthy of the calling you have received. With all humility, gentleness, and patience bearing in one another in love, making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of Peace.
Now there is more but I want to focus on these three versus. So, let’s start with verse one. Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, urge you to live worthy of the calling you have received. So, to start off right there if you are saying God has not given you a calling then you are wrong. God has called us all to do something, the question is did you hear it? But if you did hear it then are you walking according to what he called you to do? Now here I want to take Church out because we act righteous while we are at church and church functions. When you walk into your job are you still walking according to the calling that God has laid on your life? Look I understand it is hard to stretch ourselves in the real world. But if Christ can stretch out his arms on a Cross for you don’t you think you could ask the person next to you at work if they believe in Christ? We must stretch out of our comfort zone. When we look at Ephs. 4:11 the apostle Paul lays out some of the things that God has called us to and one that God has called everyone to do. He says “And he himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors, and teachers, equipping the saints for the work of the ministry. Everyone is called for the work of the ministry. I mean Jesus himself said in the Great Commission Matthew 28 : 19 Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the son, and Holy Ghost. Look we are all called to spread God’s salvation for man, but are we really doing it? Let’s remember the amazing love that Jesus poured out on that Cross at Calvary. Could be as simple as when someone asks what are you doing this weekend and your answer is going to Church. But let’s make sure that every aspect of our walk is showing who Christ is.
You see verse two says how we should be walking “With all humility, gentleness, and patience bearing in one another in love. What? Shoot I believe I could stop right, there right? Does that not convict every single one of us? Are we all truly walking in humility? I mean shoot I want this message to go viral. I want thousand upon thousand to see this blog. How truly humble is that? And gentleness… wow I am going to preach to myself here a second. Gentleness what man in today’s society is gentle? And if he is, then is he labelled a man at all? Now so that everyone knows I am one man in a house with 4 of the most beautiful women in the world. But oh my gosh the crying that goes on in the house has become nails on chalkboard to me. Now you get 4 women in one spot and the estrogen levels get extremely high. The other day literally one of them was crying because her ice cream was melting. This is an everyday event in my life. But because I have become cynical to the crying I am not showing any gentleness when there really needs to be gentleness. When one starts crying because she doesn’t get what she wants. I get onto her that instead of looking that she is heart broke because she can’t stay with Grandma. So how often have we become cynical to the world and instead of putting out a dollar to the beggar we roll up our windows because we “think” he is going to go buy drugs. Maybe he is doing it so his homeless girlfriend doesn’t have to be on the corner. Again, are we truly showing gentleness which leads to the love. John 14:15 “if you love me you will obey my commands”. Do we truly love Jesus Christ? Need I say more? Your automatic response was yes, I love Jesus. Shoot I am in church every time the door is open. I volunteer! I take blankets to the homeless! Man, what are you saying I would give the shirt off my back to someone if they needed it. But I am asking you, do you really really deeply LOVE JESUS CHRIST? But this time pause 10 seconds and then answer. And I will wait.
I know I can look at areas in my life that show where I don’t love Jesus. I was talking with a girl at work the other day when she was telling me about how she quit going to church because of all the gossip. And then proceeded to say how it was a dying church, and she hasn’t been back since she was a senior in high school but she is 30 now. I told her she needed to get back in church. Find one close to her that she likes. That was so wrong. I wanted to tell her that Christ loves her no matter but she put her faith in the people around her and not in Christ. So, I know with me when it comes to professing the gospel and the love of Christ I show areas of weakness. In my home showing gentleness is an area of weakness.
You see because all this we must do to put forth every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bonds of Peace. Wow which way do I go Lord? This verse speaks so strongly I have tears trying to write this. It is up to us to keep unity of the spirit in us. Now I am going to try not to get all theological here. But God was one and split himself into 3. God the Father, God the Son Jesus Christ, and God the spirt the Holy Ghost. So, let’s picture that unity and immolate it in our lives. Your body works as one, one mind, one flesh, one heart right now that is true unity. All separate things working simultaneously as one unit. That is what is asked of us with the Spirit. He is in us and all we need is peace to keep that unity. But look at the verse again, because it says through the BONDS of peace. The Greek word here is syndesmo which means an immovable joint in which two bones are joined. So, we have peace in us and instead of allowing it to be, we fight against it. We don’t allow it to take over our lives. You see that bond is Jesus Christ. The day he died on the cross for our sins mine and yours he became that bond. As verse 6 later tells us that there is one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all and in all. The disobedience of the word of God is like a knife cutting at our ligaments that attach us to God. But Jesus Christ is the doctor to heal all those cuts. I know what the cuts of sin can do to us. I should be dead in a ditch. But the love of Christ showed up and saved me. Because of him I am no longer an addict but a Child of God. There is healing available for you, and His name is Jesus Christ. If you don’t know him I can help introduce you. And if you do know him then my suggestion is to get on your knees and get right with him. And start living life according to your calling.
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