“Worthy of your calling.”
“Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called,” (Ephesians 4:1).
When a soldier is dishonourably discharged, he is considered to have brought shame upon himself, the military, and the country he serves. There is an understanding that the behaviour causing his removal was such that his presence would no longer be tolerated. He is no longer able to serve because service is considered an honour that he is no longer worthy of performing. Our call to salvation is a call to serve. It is an honour higher than anything the world has to offer. Living a life worthy of your calling will be based on one standard, and one standard alone—that which is worth the most to you. You are consistently performing tasks that are appropriate to the understood status of the thing, person or organization you deem most valuable. Our call is from the highest heaven. God came in the flesh to rescue the lost. The wrath of God due us, the sinful, was atoned for by the Son of God on a cross. Thus, He is worthy to be counted as that which is of greatest worth to us. Of this saving Jesus, those in heaven can’t help but cry: “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honour and glory and blessing” (Revelation 5:12). But in a world where spiritual things are often confined to certain places, times, people and formats, it is too easy to conform to those norms. Jesus jerks us back into his real world. God will not be reduced to an optional Sunday morning appointment while the rest of our life revolves around that which really demands our attention. Jesus says: “He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it” (Matthew 14:37-39). To be worthy of our calling is to consider the ONE who called us to be that of greatest worth to us. He said, “Come, follow me” (Luke 18:22).