For the past two weeks God keeps drawing my attention to Ephesians 4, particularly the first 3 verses.
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. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.
These verses have stopped me dead in my tracks because I take my calling very seriously. I attempt to carry out my calling with excellence. I am a hard worker, devoted, and determined. (Hello Type A!)
Yet, I STRUGGLE with the commands of these verses.
I am not humble nor gentle when I am on deadline, or when someone fails to meet my expectations. My calling requires me to depend heavily on others to carry out my call with excellence yet, when others fail me, or disappoint me, or toss a wrench in my process, I rarely react with “patience, making allowance for their fault because of my love,” and my flesh screams at the thought of being “humble” or “gentle” with people who interfere. My typical reaction is to freak out and get frustrated or take it out on people close to me. Or just shut down and puff up with pride.
Its very difficult for me to say these things, but in the spirit of transparency, I ask if anyone else struggles with these commands? How do you marry the teaching of the WORD with how you interact in the marketplace, particularly as biblical teaching relates to interpersonal communications?
Do you look for the teachable moments, with a gentle tone and humble approach, or do you panic at the inconvenience of life’s interruptions that may, at the end of the day, actually be for your own good?
How would your work life, school life, or home life look different if you you sincerely made EVERY EFFORT to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace?
What does a “life worthy of your calling” look like to you?