Worthy of His calling
...lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all. Ephesians 4:1-6
To be a disciple of Jesus means we live the life worthy of Him. It means that we are living our lives manifesting His life in us through the way we live. On our own, this is a very difficult thing to do. So much of it is left up to ourselves and our responsibility. God lets us make the decision which way to take and our disciplines. Of course, He desires that we seek Him first. He desires that we love Him first. But, He will not force us into this. He wants us to grow and learn from our successes as well as our mistakes. He provides for us the opportunities so we can learn how to put to death our selfish desires. This is the only way we could grow in our relationship with Christ. He provides the means for us to put others first. He arranges events in our lives so that we can make godly choices. Through this process, He is discipling so we could learn how to make choices that will glorify Him and be beneficial to us. Every experience of every day can be an opportunity of growing and transforming. From our text, we are admonish to "lead a life worthy of the calling with which you have been called with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing forbearance to one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." This is our high calling, to live each day of our lives knowing that we are living for His glory. This attitude that leads to godly lifestyle depends on our willingness to grow in discipleship. This is a worthy calling. If you find discipleship difficult, cling to the cross, rely on the power that comes from the union we have with the Spirit. Choose to follow Him regardless of the difficulties, the humiliation, and the suffering we will be facing each day.
Noel De Guzman