Verse of the day.
I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called,
When going through the New Testament, one thing that is hard to miss is the constant reference to the “call” of God. The beauty of this call lies in the initiative of God and not in our own diligent seeking, for while we were yet without strength, He gave Himself for us.
Dancing with God
This call is a calling out of darkness into light (1 Peter 2:9), a call into God’s love and ownership (Romans 9:25), a call into fellowship with Christ (1 Corinthians 1:9), a call to freedom (Galatians 5:13), a call to eternal life (1 Timothy 6:12) and eternal glory (1 Peter 5:10).
One big problem some believers have is a lack of sight, a sketchy understanding of the weight of the glory within and before us and this results in living a substandard life. Which is why there is a need to present these things, so we may know what is really at stake, for we can only respond to the hope painted before us.
Whenever God expects a response from us, it is an expectation based on what He has done, just like a Tango. When the leading partner moves a step, the other responds with a step of their own, forming a rhythmic movement. This is what God seeks: a holy kind of dance, a synchronization of heart and life. He moves with grace in our hearts and it leads us to respond with true goodness in life.
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A Prisoner of Grace
Our text for today begins with a strong acclaim from Apostle Paul – he called himself a “prisoner of the Lord”. Why was this necessary? Especially seeing as he had introduced himself before (Ephesians 1:1), surely, they knew who he was! This position is to reinforce his exhortation. It is to draw our hearts to the reality of what this calling brings – a partaking of Christ’s suffering, a life of humility, gentleness, long-suffering and love, as reflected in the next verse (Ephesians 4:2).
We must therefore seek first to understand, trusting the Spirit to open our eyes to the hope of Christ’s calling; that we may behold His grace and respond accordingly with a life worthy of the call.
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Lord, open my eyes to the hope of your calling and teach me to move to the rhythms of your grace.
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