“I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are 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.” Ephesians 4:1-6
I can recall my times working in retail and we would have days when management would say, “All hands on deck.” The saying pretty much meant that you were required to be at work no matter the circumstance. There was no “please check your calendar and see if this date works for you”. I often did not look forward to those times as it meant long days at the worst times. Thanksgiving and Christmas were usually the biggest seasons, and I am pretty sure I did not grow up wanting to spend these precious times working all hours inside of a retail store. I had a boss who was quite direct, and he would give commands as if we were facing life and death situations. He was not meek nor was he lowly but rather brash and authoritative. He was the one that got things done, but I cringed when I knew he would be in charge. He would squeeze every ounce out of everybody involved, and would “motivate” us to great results. I will say that with the help of everyone and my boss we would get a lot accomplished, and we were able to execute the big plans for the store.
I think of these verses and of the vocation we have been called to. We are not given the option to check our calendar if we are available, but we are called to be active ambassadors of our Lord Jesus Christ. We are in the fourth quarter and the time to do is now. We are not called to be authoritative and brash. We are called to be lowly and meek in our disposition. (Do these characteristics remind you of anyone? Jesus is our perfect example.) We are called to forebear one another in love and strive to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. We are called to work together and not have our own mission or our own goal, but the goal of the One who called us. If you have accepted Jesus Christ, then you are called to do the work of the Father who is above all. I am reminded of President Truman who stated, “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” When we are lowly and meek, we care not who gets the credit but only that He gets the credit. We forget all about our ambitions and what we have accomplished and what we hope to get credit for, and we point up to the One who has called us to a higher purpose. I have often seen people who give fake praise while gloating and commanding the praise of me, and I have been guilty of that as well. I think of the huge impact the Apostle Paul had in the lives of many believers, and I do believe it was because he was humble and God used him in a mighty way.
Where are you today Christian? Do you keep the peace and unity of love in the Spirit or do you crave man’s praise and attention? Are you patient with the ones He has called you to serve and serve with, or are you known for your impatience and anger? Are you longsuffering and willing to bear the burdens of others or do you push your way to the front with your own agenda? May we ever be mindful of Whom we serve, and may we allow that thought to affect how we serve. We are one body in Christ with specific jobs to do, and called to a calling that is most worthy. May we walk worthy of our calling, and may all glory be given to our Heavenly Father. Stay in the fight!