“I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called.”
Each student and staff member at LCA has been challenged to walk worthy as we begin this school year. The theme for this school year comes from the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Ephesian church where he called for a greater unity in love (v. 3). His direction to this early church is profitable for all of us to learn from.
In order to walk worthy, we must first be known for our lowliness. One commentator defined this term as a “deep sense of one’s littleness.” We must remember that none of us are righteous and that none of us will naturally do good, as Romans 3:10-12 teaches. Instead, we must properly understand our role as one who can be used to build up others. Instead of guarding our turf, we must be quick to serve others. Philippians 2:3 exhorts us all to “in lowliness of mind . . . esteem other better than themselves.” As we keep in mind that all we have is the Lord and all that we accomplish is because of Him and His grace, we will be better known as lowly servants and be worthy of the calling of the Lord on our lives.
Second, to be worthy of this calling, we must be known for our meekness. Meekness is certainly not weakness. Many are familiar with the common definition of meekness as strength under control. To be meek, we must, in fact, be strong, but we must also be under the Spirit’s control. When others attack us for our faith in Christ, we should respond as instructed in 2 Timothy 2:25, “In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves.” Moses and Jesus Christ were known for their meek approach to those around them, and we should be as well.
These biblical principles serve as measures of our spiritual maturity and excellent goals for each of our students to set for themselves in the school year to come. We will examine more of Ephesians 4 in the next newsletter.