I woke up this morning at first pondering to myself “When am I gonna get the good things I desire for all the good that I try my best to do for God and for people?” Then I read through scripture and something more important was reminded to me. It sparked the question title of my post, are you rising higher than yourself?
As I was going through Ephesians I was reminded that our faith is more than just hoping and expecting for good things to happen to us. Paul seemed to continually encourage the church at Ephesus to rise higher than their former sinful ways and live up to their new status as people redeemed through Christ.
Worthy of the calling
Ephesians 4:1-3 states, “Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, 3 being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” To walk worthy seems to mean to exhibit those traits stated after that phrase: humility, gentleness, patience, tolerance for one another in love, diligently preserving the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Many other instructions are given in this book in how we’re supposed to be acting now as Christians that we should continually consider whether we’re living up to.
Ephesians 4:29 states, “29 Let no [u]unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification [v]according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.”
Are you striving to avoid saying unwholesome things to people and instead saying words good for edification?
Ephesians 4:32 states, “32 Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven [x]you.”
Are you striving to be kind, tender-hearted, forgiving, to those around you just as God has forgiven you?
Are you walking in love just as Christ did, living selflessly for those around Him?
One other verse I’ll throw out, Ephesians 5:8-10 which states. “8 for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light 9 (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), 10 trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.”
The last part of that I’m particularly fond of in this time frame I’m trying to connect deeper with God. Trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord through all of my current scripture studying, prayer, and just living out my faith that I’m doing. I hope through seeing these verses you’re encouraged to remember the importance of your responsibility now to live up to your faith as a Christian. And the good that we may find ourselves eagerly desiring for all the good that we try to do will come eventually. As Ephesians 6:8 states, which in context this statement was directed to the slaves of the time but the last part of this verse seems to broaden it’s application to anyone, “knowing that whatever good thing each one does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether slave or free.“
Peace to all those who are in Christ.