Worthy of His calling
With the Lord’s authority I say this: Live no longer as the Gentiles do, for they are hopelessly confused... Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life. Ephesians 4:17; 22-23
There is a tendency that our work could strongly shape our sense of identity. What we do for a living can easily be equated to our self-worth and true self. Self-worth then is defined by success in what we do in our job then if we fail, we did not only fail in our job but in life. If this is what defines who we are, we will engage in relationships that we feel will enhance the value of our work. We will engage in other activities only if we have extra time and we do not need to work. Involving with community of God’s people will not be of value for it will detract from the availability to work. Paul, from the text, admonished Christians in Ephesus to leave their former lives and live the new life that Christ gave them. Included in that new life is the realization that identity is no longer determined by what we do for work but by our relationship with Christ. Everything now, including our work, should revolve in our desire to glorify God and as an expression of our serving Him. When deciding on how to invest resources and time, decisions will be guided by the truth learned from God through His Word. My core and sense of being will no longer depend on how successful I am in my work but in the understanding that I belong to Christ and that my life is at His disposal. Whether I succeed or fail in my work, what will matter is the knowledge that I am not alone for God is with me. He is my Lord who controls everything and He is my Savior, a friend that I can talk to in prayer. In Christ, you can no longer live the way you used to, instead you are to “lead your life worthy of your calling” (Ephesians 4:1).
Noel De Guzman