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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Decisions: Leading a Life Worthy Of My Calling

In review of Ephesians 4:1 it says, “I.. beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called”

Bottom Line:
Paul urges us to walk worthy of the calling with which we were called.

What this means to me:
Paul urges me to walk and live in a way that is worthy of being one chosen by God.

In today’s passage from Ephesians 4, Paul speaks of unity in the body. He is in prison for serving the Lord, however, regardless of his or even our situations, he urges us to lead lives worthy of our calling. For we were called by God himself. To do this, we should always be humble and gentle. We need to be patient with each other and make allowances for each other’s faults because of our love. We are to make every effort to keep ourselves united in the Spirit, binding together with peace. For there is one body and one Spirit, just as we have been called to one glorious hope for the future.

When decisions come, how do I know when God is calling me to do something in particular?  

I’m learning in order to answer this that I should look at the condition of my life. Is there peace in my heart about this decision/action?  If an opportunity that I’m facing is destroying my peace, then it’s not right for me.

As I wrote about yesterday, I need to learn to listen to God’s voice and follow His direction. I don’t need him to get out a magic marker and write on my walls to make a point. If I get the feeling that what I would do would not be right, then stop. If my peace is being destroyed by what’s going with this decision or direction, I need to stop.

Contrary to the world’s advice, I should not follow my feelings; for emotions can be toxic and often wrong. I should forego looking for a feeling and instead dive into God’s Word to see what it says about this. I should pray for the Lord’s direction. Think it out, using God’s Word as the compass. I should also pursue wise counsel with those who have been walking with the consistently with the Lord consistently for their advice. Ask the hard questions and come up with practical solutions. If I do so, the Holy Spirit will lead the way, and make me ready and worthy of my calling.