Ephesians Chapter 4 begins with an impassioned plea by Paul to the Ephesians to live a life worthy of being called a believer, one who in faith decides to follow Jesus.
“Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. 2 Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. 3 Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.” Ephesians 4:1-3
Paul begins with ‘therefore’ as he wants his reader to remember all the points he has made so far in his letter about unity, love, the power of God and loving and serving each other. He sees himself as a slave or bond servant of Christ. Paul is totally committed to Christ and to them in love. He is willing to do what ever is need to tell other about Christ and the freedom available through faith in Him. Paul has experienced the transforming power of Christ in his life and sees the fruits of being indwelt by the Holy Spirit. He is calling all those who follow Christ to step up and be followers in name and deed. Paul wants the Ephesians Christians to treat each other with love, patience, gentleness, humility, giving each other the benefit of the doubt, and walk and work together in unity. It is a tall order, but one that Paul knows they can live up to through the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit.
What about you? Do you see yourself as one who serves others in humility with love and gentleness? When you are involved with other believers and unbelievers, do they see Christ in you? Lent is a time of reflection, a time to examine our lives, thoughts, deeds, motives and heart. Look at what Paul is asking through the lens of the cross. He is challenging you to be worthy believers, but not in your own power but through His. Because Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead, we are indwelt, empowered and enabled to act and be more and more like Jesus as we grow in Him.
‘Be all that you can be!’ is a slogan made famous by the Army. However, it is our commander, Jesus, who empowers us to be all in Him. Endeavor to live that way today as you seek to relate to others in Jesus’ name being all He has made you to be!