Worthy of Our Calling

Day 268

Isaiah 45:11-48:11; Ephesians 4:1-16; Psalm 68:19-35; Proverbs 24:3-4

Worthy of Our Calling

“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called.” – Ephesians 4:1

This phrase is a sermon in itself. It’s a challenge from Paul. It’s tough.

Are we living a life that is worthy of our calling? This isn’t just a question for people in the ministry; it’s for all of us. We all have a calling, because of the Great Commission, to be “fishers of men.” No matter what our occupation, a pivotal aspect of our walk with Christ is to share His gospel. This is a purpose that none can deny as a believer. With this in mind, are we living our lives in a way that lines up with Christ’s example? Is it worthy of that calling?

These questions can seem very intimidating when we think about the ways we fall short. It’s scary sometimes to think that we are supposed to be an example of living a Christ-like life to the world around us. But it’s so important to remember that this challenge in Ephesians is given to us in the confidence that Christ is the one who provides us the strength to do it. He will always walk with us, showing us the way. Psalm 68:1 says “Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears us up; God is our salvation.” We CAN be worthy of our calling, because Christ, who lives in us, is worthy.

Zack Nichols
The Church at Cahaba Bend
Helena, AL

By the Power at Work Within Us

Day 267

Isaiah 43:14-45:10; Ephesians 3:1-21; Psalm 68:1-18; Proverbs 24:1-2

By the Power at Work Within Us

When Israel was desolate and imprisoned in Egypt, God showed Himself to be “Father of orphans and protector of widows” (Psalm 68:5-6). He rose up and scattered His enemies (68:1), providing rescue and a homeland for His people. That remembrance constantly called forth praise: “Sing to God, sing praises to his name” (68:4).

When, hundreds of years later, their stubborn sin took God’s people into a new Egypt, Babylon, the same rescuing Lord promised that He would do “a new thing” (Isaiah 43:19) – a second rescue: destruction of their idols (44:9-20), forgiveness of their sins (43:25; 44:22), return to their land (44:26), and the gift of his life-giving Spirit (44:3). Astonishingly, the God of rescue wouldn’t even need a believer to serve as His people’s redeemer. Rather, He used the Persian king Cyrus (44:28). Even the heavens and the earth have to sing in awe of such a God (44:23).

What the Old Testament pointed to in a “mystery” – in hints and riddles – the apostle Paul proclaims as established fact (Ephesians 3:1-6). What God has done in Christ is to provide redemption, forgiveness, inheritance, and His Spirit (1:7,11,13,14). In Christ, God has rescued us from the prince of the power of the air – a walking death that was worse than Egypt or Babylon (2:1-10). Small wonder the apostle Paul praises the Father who has displayed such love and power toward us (3:17-19). Indeed, God “is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine” (3:20-21).

Reggie Kidd
St. Luke’s Cathedral
Orlando, FL