OBSERVATION: Is my life on course? What is the kind of life which proves that God has called us? Is it a life of dedicated service? It is the amount of time and money we give to those less fortunate and in need? Is it our knowledge and understanding of the Scriptures? Is it our faith or the power to work miracles? While all of these things may be worthy within themselves to some degree, these are never the qualities that Paul is referring to when he calls us to live the kind of life which proves God has called us. In I Corinthians 13 Paul reminds us,
- “I may speak in the languages of humans and of angels. But if I don’t have love, I am a loud gong or a clashing cymbal. I may have the gift to speak what God has revealed, and I may understand all mysteries and have all knowledge. I may even have enough faith to move mountains. But if I don’t have love, I am nothing. I may even give away all that I have and give up my body to be burned. But if I don’t have love, none of these things will help me.” (1 Corinthians 13:1-3 GW)
Paul calls us to love! Jesus calls us to love! The outworking of Christ in our lives is always about the internal rather than the external. It is always about fruit rather than accomplishment. Paul goes on to define this call in the remainder of Ephesians 4. These are excerpts from this chapter that show us that a life which prove that God has called us – is a life that is living out the love of God that has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit.
- “Be humble and gentle in every way. Be patient with each other and lovingly accept each other. Through the peace that ties you together, do your best to maintain the unity that the Spirit gives.”
- “Instead, as we lovingly speak the truth, we will grow up completely in our relationship to Christ, who is the head.”
- “However, you were taught to have a new attitude. You were also taught to become a new person created to be like God, truly righteous and holy. So then, get rid of lies. Speak the truth to each other, because we are all members of the same body. Be angry without sinning. Don’t go to bed angry. Don’t give the devil any opportunity ⌊to work⌋.”
- “Don’t say anything that would hurt ⌊another person⌋. Instead, speak only what is good so that you can give help wherever it is needed. That way, what you say will help those who hear you. Don’t give God’s Holy Spirit any reason to be upset with you. He has put his seal on you for the day you will be set free ⌊from the world of sin⌋.”
- “Be kind to each other, sympathetic, forgiving each other as God has forgiven you through Christ.” (Ephesians 4:2-3, 15, 23-27, 29-30, 32 GW)
This is a pretty tall order! It is a call that we cannot accomplish within our own strength. It is a call to allow Jesus Christ to live through us by the power of the Holy Spirit. This is why Paul exhorts us not to give the Holy Spirit any reason to be upset with us. What upsets the Holy Spirit? It is when we begin to once again live in our own strength, which leads to our old attitudes and patterns.
The Holy Spirit has been give to us so that we could rise above the limitations of our old way of iving and be set free to live as children of God. It is through the indwelling power and daily leading of the Holy Spirit that we are able to – live the kind of life that proves that God has called us.
Lord, forgive me for the times when I fall back and begin to live life according to the patterns and practices of my old way of living. Help me to yield my life completely to the power and leading of the Holy Spirit. Allow the fruit of the Spirit, which is the very character and nature of Jesus Christ, to increase in my life. Pour out Your Love into my heart so that I can truly live a life of love towards others. By Your Grace – may I daily live a life that proves that God has called me.
In Jesus Name!