The words “call” and “calling” hold special significance for those of us who follow Jesus. When Jesus called Peter and his brother Andrew their response was immediate, they left their nets and followed Him. A short time later Jesus spotted James and his brother John, who were also fishermen. Jesus called them and they too left their boat and their father and followed Jesus.
Those first callings were simple, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Simple, but necessarily easy. For you cannot follow and remain where you are. The call of Jesus changed forever the lives of those four fishermen. And likewise, the call of Jesus must change the lives of all who heed it.
There are certain universal elements to following the call of Jesus, and Paul outlines some of them in Ephesians 4. The first is a responsibility to walk or conduct ourselves in manner that is worthy of the call. To do so, we must acknowledge the gravity and privilege of being called by Jesus. We respond because of who it is that calls us.
Paul goes on to tell us of the importance of unity among followers of Jesus, that we are to show tolerance to one another in love, “being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” And while there are aspects of Jesus’ call to us that are the same for everyone, there are also unique qualities for each of us.
Jesus calls some of us as apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. Regardless though of the individual call, Paul returns again to the theme of unity. The purpose of those individual callings is “for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ.”
There are a lot of action words in the first half of this chapter dealing with the call Jesus places on our lives. Following Jesus is not a sedentary endeavor. Nor is it for the faint of heart. When we hear His call and follow Him our lives must be changed forever.
I’ll be sharing portions of Ephesians 4 during Mid Day Prayer Time this week, around 10:30 AM and 2:30 PM.
Mon 02/22 Ephesians 4:1 – 3
Tue 02/23 Ephesians 4:4 – 6
Wed 02/24 Ephesians 4:7 – 10
Thu 02/25 Ephesians 4:11 – 13
Fri 02/26 Ephesians 4:14 – 16
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