Ephesians 4:1-2 Therefore, as the prisoner for the Lord, I urge you to live worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, bearing with one another in love.
This is the culmination of Paul’s letter to the Ephesian Church. Earlier, he outlines the faithfulness of God to bring about this salvation and extend it to those who were far away. Paul describes the faithfulness of Jesus in laying down His life for us all. He then explains that bringing the Gospel to them, the Gentiles, is his calling, which has now landed him in prison! But Paul says, “This was according to His eternal purpose … so do not lose heart because I am suffering for you.” Paul explains that the believers in Ephesus have been built on many others who faithfully did their part. “The prophets, the apostles, with Christ as the cornerstone.” So now, he says, it’s your turn!
What a message for us! We may not directly know people who have physically suffered to bring the Gospel to us. We may never face imprisonment for the Gospel. But we are called to suffer with one another in love. We are asked to treat others who are selfish in all humility and gentleness, with the same selfless love that Christ showed us.
“Live in a manner worthy of the calling that was handed down to you.” I can’t do that unless I make a conscious effort to remember and reflect. I can’t do it without His strength in me. Prophets were persecuted, the Apostles were tortured and murdered, many were imprisoned, and Jesus was broken that He might become the peace offering for us all. In light of these things, Paul wrote, “I beg you, do not take this lightly: live in a manner worthy of your calling, worthy of those who have gone before you, as you faithfully suffer with one another in love.” Remember that your living testimony will become part of the foundation on which others will come to know His love.