“It ain’t fittin . . . it just ain’t fittin.” Maybe you recall Mammy’s condemning lines from Gone With the Wind. She was not shy about sharing her disapproval. Behavior that was inappropriate–usually that of Miss Scarlett–was not fitting, or in line with whom someone was. In one instance, when the newly widowed Scarlett did not wear black long enough to display her grief, it wasn’t fitting; her status, not her waistline. Party clothes did not suit the bereaved in Antebellum Georgia.
In contrast to Scarlett, a believer’s life is to match our identity. Our walk should seek to fit our calling from God. His redeemed children, we are to have lives that befit our relationship with God. Paul calls the believers in Ephesus–and us–to live up to and live out our lofty spiritual status (see Ephesians 1:3-14). After three chapters loaded with our spiritual blessings in Christ, we are now told to live in a way that fits our calling.
“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:1-3 –ESV)
Spiritually Blessed Ones:
Live in Line with Our Calling
Walk Worthy; Live Consistent with Whose we Are
He graciously calls us to Himself (Ephesians 1-3; Romans 8:28, 12:1, 2)
He calls us to live suitably, appropriately, “as becometh”
all humility: lowliness of mind (Acts 20:19; Philippians 2:1-11; Colossians 3:12; 1 Peter 3:8; 5:5)
From NET: “having a humble opinion of one's self; a deep sense of one's (moral) littleness; modesty”
gentleness: “quiet behavior,” “meekness.” “The word is often used in Hellenistic Greek of the merciful execution of justice on behalf of those who have no voice by those who are in a position of authority (Matthew 11:29; 21:5–from NET)
bearing with one another in love: “putting up with one another”
eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (ESV)
Pursuing one-ness in Christ’s body (cf. John 17; Colossians 3:14). “making every effort to keep” (NET) “being diligent to preserve” (NASB) “Taking care to keep the harmony of the Spirit in the yoke of peace.” (BBE)
Because: “There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” (Ephesians 4:4-6 –ESV)
Is your life congruent to your calling–fitting, or at odds?
Are you passive or proactive in keeping peace in His Body?
An assignment: With His help, work on which least describes you. “Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.” (NLT)