“I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called.”
Even though we are starting a new calendar year, the school year is just about at the halfway point with the new semester only a little over one week away. It is a great time to be reminded of our theme for this school year.
Back in September, we established a goal for this year of walking worthy of our heavenly calling as Christians. So, how are we doing so far?
In this same passage, we read that a worthy person will be known for lowliness or humility. Have we been demonstrating humility and modesty? Are we seeking the good of others and the glory of our Lord in all we do? Do we remember that God Himself set aside all of the glory of heaven to be made as a lowly servant?
We further read that a worthy person will demonstrate meekness, simply defined as strength under control. Have we been known for the meekness of Moses, called the meekest person who ever lived? Do we show patient lives, consistently giving to others even when it costs us?
Continuing in Ephesians 1, we read that a worthy person will be longsuffering, a word that means exactly what it sounds like. Do we bear with others, or do we become angry quickly? Are we showing off the fruit of the Spirit as we deal patiently with the faults and quirks of others?
Ephesians 1:2 ends by stating that someone who is worthy of his heavenly calling will be forbearing. When someone owes us something, perhaps just respect, are we quick to demand full payment? Are we upset at not being treated the way we believe we deserve because of our station in life? Do we become quickly upset with others, whether co-workers, friends, or even family?
The great thing about a halfway point “checkup” is that it is not too late to make a change. Let’s all examine how we’ve been doing in these goals since school began in September and resolve to the Lord to continue growing in each area as we can together become worthy of our heavenly vocation!