Walking Worthy of Our Calling, Part 5 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #207)

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A series of homilies on Ephesians.

A homily is “a short talk on a religious or moral topic; a usually short sermon; a lecture or discourse on or of a biblical theme.”


I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians (as well as other passages of Scripture) specifically targeted at reviving families and encouraging and exhorting husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children to do what God has commanded them to do, for if the church is to be revived and the country is to be awakened, the family must be revived first.

TEXT: Ephesians 4:1-3:

1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,

2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;

3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

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Amy Carmichael said, “O for a new-found passion for souls,
O for a pity that yearns!
O for the love that loves unto death,
O for a fire that burns!
O for the pure prayer power that prevails,
That pours itself out for the lost!
Victorious prayer in the Conqueror’s Name,
O for a PENTECOST!”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “Everyone recognizes that Stephen was Spirit-filled when he was performing wonders. Yet, he was just as Spirit-filled when he was being stoned to death.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “By 1798, New England was experiencing a general awakening. Congregations were crowded to capacity. A deep conviction was common in many services, resulting in significant conversions. Virtually every New England state was affected, as were all the evangelical denominations. The revival spread south to the mid-Atlantic states, then west across the Alleghenies. In its early phase in the Northeast, the awakening had taken the form of a deep movement of God in individual lives, with little emotional extravagance. All that changed on the western frontier.”

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Today, we will continue looking at what it means to walk worthy of our vocation in Christ. In order to get a fuller picture of what that vocation is, we began looking at other passages of Scripture which speak of the believer’s vocation or calling. There are eight such passages outside of Ephesians in the New Testament; we looked at three of them in our last message.

The next time this is mentioned is in Philippians 3:14 where Paul says, “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” The fact that there is a “mark” that Paul strived toward lets us know that there is an end to this journey one day. There is a goal that we can pursue. Paul knew that he would not always be in a situation where he was being persecuted, stoned, and jailed for his devotion to Christ. He was able to endure these things in his life because he was pressing toward the goal at the end of the road. Once he reached that goal, he would receive a heavenly reward — a “prize” — because he had fulfilled his “high calling” in Christ Jesus. We, too, have a goal to strive toward for Christ, and once we reach that goal, we will be rewarded by Him.

Second Thessalonians 1:11-12 says, “Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling… that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you.” Paul was writing to the Thessalonians within the context of Jesus’ second coming when He would return to be united with His church forever. Paul encourages these believers to live, to walk worthy of their calling in such a way that they would bring glory to Christ both in His physical absence and at the time of His physical reunion with believers.

Second Timothy 1:9 says Jesus “hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.” The calling that we have as Christians is more important than any calling the world might place on us. Ours is a holy calling, one that is high above the standards and calling of the world around us. Nothing is more important than fulfilling our calling in Jesus Christ. No matter what heights you achieve in the world, it will all pale in comparison with what you do for Christ.

C.T. Studd wrote:

Give me Father, a purpose deep,
In joy or sorrow Thy word to keep;
Faithful and true what e’er the strife,
Pleasing Thee in my daily life;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Oh let my love with fervor burn,
And from the world now let me turn;
Living for Thee, and Thee alone,
Bringing Thee pleasure on Thy throne;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

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