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Walk Worthy of His Calling

I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called… Ephesians 4:1 (NKJV)

Hey, let’s face it; we have all had a bad day at work where we can’t wait for it to end so we can go home.   And for some, it isn’t just a day; it can be every day, as they can actually feel as though they are in prison while at work.  Not having the freedom to do what we want to do can play a sizable factor, not to mention those co-workers who seem to have a niche for getting under our skin.  The 5 o'clock whistle blows and a huge weight may seem as if it were lifted, bringing along the sense of being set free!

We can also have the feeling of being imprisoned when we do not have a job, as the loss of financial income can bring on all sorts of challenges; including the inability to pay bills, or even to have fuel for our vehicles.  When you think about it, any place can feel like prison depending on our mindset and circumstances, and we can find ourselves feeling claustrophobic when we don’t feel as though we have the freedom to do what we want to do.  And therein lies the problem when we focus on what we want, rather than focusing on God’s will for our lives in every situation. 

When I look at the Apostle Paul’s life, I can see a great example of a man who was committed to trusting God with every aspect of his life, no matter what he faced.  Paul was literarily being imprisoned for simply sharing Jesus with others.  Even so, Paul remained steadfast in his faith, believing God would use him in every situation.  Not only did Paul share and defend the gospel message to others in prison, he wrote at least four books of the New Testament while being incarcerated, including Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon.

The cool part of this is Paul didn’t consider himself a prisoner of any job, government or religion; he considered himself to be a prisoner of the Lord.  Paul was a willing bondslave.  Paul knew there could be no power on earth to control or harm him if it were not God’s will for his life.  Paul clearly knew he was given a mission by the Lord requiring him to work in some hostile and adverse conditions, but he was willing to walk worthy of this calling. 

So what can we glean from Paul’s example, and how does this apply to our everyday life?

If we find ourselves feeling discontent or imprisoned where we are at, or we are being tempted to be anxious or fearful because we may be lacking provision, then it is important for us to focus upon God’s promises and truths contained within His Word.

God is on the throne and He is in control, and He wants to use every situation for good for those who love Him (Rom. 8:28).  When we truly believe this and trust Him, there will be a perfect peace, regardless of what we face (Isa. 26:3).  We may not always understand why something is being allowed, or see how any good can come of it, nor can we always know when it will pass; but if we are obedient to continue to do what the Lord has asked of us in every situation, then we can be confident He will direct our path and lead us through anything. 

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Prov. 3:5-6 (NKJV)

God wants to use each of us in a great and powerful way, each and every day—no matter what our situation.  We simply have to decide whether we will be willing to walk worthy of our calling as Christian men and women.  We should never let our past or present circumstances hinder our attitude and willingness to be used by God. We might not have the freedom to talk about Jesus at work, but we need to remember, sometimes the best way to speak to others about Christ is to live it.  Our selfless acts of love and service to others will always speak loud.

STUDY QUESTION: According to Proverbs 3:5-6 what great advice are we given for facing tough situations?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to submit to God’s will for every situation, believing He is in control?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Let’s seek the Lord and ask for His will in every situation.  When we find ourselves feeling like we are in prison, let’s choose to become a prisoner of the Lord and allow Him to work through us.

LET'S PRAY: Father, thank You for Your covering in our lives.  Thank you for guiding us and keeping us safe.  We praise your name and give all the glory to You for the many blessings we have received.  Help us to see Your will clearly when we are facing tough challenges.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


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