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passion recap #2

January 13, 2011

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

imagine a scale. not the kind you step on, but the kind you always see Blind Lady Justice holding with the two countering plates. on one side is the life which Jesus has called us to, defined by Grace and centered around the glorification of God’s Name. the other side holds the life you are currently living (or “walking”). if you’re anything like me, that scale is way off kilt.

no, i can’t take credit for that analogy, that was all Francis Chan. he literally brought a scale on stage, put it on the podium, and asked, “is your life of same worth as your calling?” that question was like an arrow of conviction straight in my chest. i know my very attitude doesn’t match up with my calling most of the time. the first thing that struck me was that i often don’t show the kind of joy that should be defining my life (i actually had someone think i was depressed not long ago). if i have been reborn and remade in Christ’s loving sacrifice, i should not be able to contain that joy and it should be evident to everyone around. the same goes for the Love, Hope, and Grace that we receive in order that we may be stewards of those very gifts.

in Romans 8, we read that we have been called according to God’s purpose. our calling is defined by the Sovereign God who created time. who invented music. who hand-crafted the creases in my forehead. this is the greatest call imaginable because it is, in fact, unimaginable. if we serve the greatest call known to man, it should look that way. how does that look? just look at verses 2-3 above. all humility and all gentleness, bearing with one another in love. are you eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit?

is your life worth it?

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