Monday, March 23, 2009

Called to Hope

1 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
Ephesians 4:1-4, English Standard Version

Not only do we have hope, but we are called to that hope. Are we worthy of such hope? Do we deserve such hope? Is it by our own efforts that we are called to hope? Once attaining this hope, can we keep it by our own efforts?

These are very interesting questions to ponder. What is the Source of our hope?

There is one body and one Spirit . . . one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

And, there is one hope, given to us by our great God and Father who is over all, and through all, and in all. What then should this hope produce in our lives? This hope should produce a great desire to walk worthy of our calling to walk as Christ walked, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

It sounds so hopeful; so right, does it not? What would our world truly be like if all lived in such a manner? Unfortunately, due to the sin which abounds all around us, and in our own hearts as well, we will not know the answer to that question until we walk in the new heavens and the new earth that God is preparing for us.

So, what should we do? We should seek God's face; ask Him for the strength and wisdom to restrain us from our sins and walk circumspectly according to the commandments given in His Word. What an amazing God we have! What is hopeless for us to attain, we can by the help and power of our only wise and true God.

God Bless You,
Linda

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