PFOA: Ephesians 4:1-6
“Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God” (v.1, NLT)
Last week we observed a nation united in mourning the passing of Mr Lee Kuan Yew, the founding father of the city-state of Singapore. Hundreds of thousands queued for hours in the hot tropical sun to pay their heart-felt respects at the Parliament House. Still more lined the streets in the rain as the cortege passed through the city to the memorial service at the National University.
As history unfolded, Mr Lee recognised his calling to lead a team, a political party and a nation. He worked for the survival and development of Singapore into what it is today. He gave his life for the nation.
This weekend we remember and celebrate the One who gave His life for the world. Jesus Christ was sent by God the Father to live among humankind and finally to die that they may have life - abundant and eternal. That was His calling and He fulfilled it perfectly.
"Though he was God, he did not demand and cling to his rights as God. He made himself nothing; he took the humble position of a slave and appeared in human form. And in human form he obediently humbled himself even further by dying a criminal's death on a cross" (Phil 2:6-8 NLT).
Jesus’ life and death was exactly what was needed to bring salvation to the world. The life He lived was worthy of His calling.
Every follower of Jesus has heard His call to follow Him – to be His disciples and in turn to make disciples. He is urged, (Paul literally begs us) to live his life worthy of this calling. The call to follow Christ, is a call each and every Christian receives. This is our primarily call. This is the call of which our lives are to be worthy. Our secondary calls are different for each individual and may change over time, even as Paul was a prisoner for a period of time.
During this Easter time, let’s take time to reflect – are there areas in our lives, our attitudes, values, pursuits, priorities and relationships that are not worthy of the calling we have received? Will we take steps to allow the Holy Spirit to change us?