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. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
(Ephesians 4:1-6, New King James Version)
Our Bible passage today from Ephesians 4 is just 6 verses long, but what a message it proclaims. It is interesting that Paul, who is held prisoner in Rome, speaks of himself as the prisoner of the Lord. I think that is important to note in light of the next few verses. Who do we serve? If we are a prisoner, we are a prisoner of the Lord; if we are a janitor, we are the Lord's janitor; and if we are an executive, we are the Lord's executive. From the moment of our salvation, our status has changed. Do we live as though that were true?
Paul even gave some suggestions as to how we are to fulfill our role in Christ.
Walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
That is a tall order, is it not? How easy is it to walk with lowliness and gentleness, with long suffering, bearing with one another in love. I have been in many churches that have a great struggle with these Biblical characteristics even among themselves, much less out in the world. But, Paul is not only speaking of the church in this passage. He is speaking about each of us in our daily lives. Do we live with lowliness and gentleness among our family members? Are we long suffering with others (even the ones who hate us) in the workplace?
Why is this so important? It takes great humility to walk before the Lord. Why should that be so hard? If we truly understand our position before Christ as totally unworthy of the salvation He has granted to us, our Godly reaction should be one of humility. Humility is not a demonstration of a weak character; rather, it is a demonstration of a strong character, totally devoted to the Lord.
What would we expect to see among believers if Paul's admonitions here were truly followed? We would expect to see the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Why can Paul make such statements? After all, churches in our time are divided into hundreds or thousands of denominations. How can we expect unity to exist?
We must remember that in the time of the Apostles, there was one church. All followers of Christ banded together into one church with many congregations scattered throughout the area. Why can Paul expect this?
There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
We have one God and Father of all who is above all and through all, one body and one Spirit, one Lord, one faith, and one baptism. I long for heaven when all believers will be united in one holy congregation!
While on this earth, we will suffer the results of our own sin, but our goal still remains the same. In the power of God, and with His help alone, we must walk worthy of the calling with which we were called!
God Bless You,