Walking Worthy of Our Calling, Part 6 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #208)
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.
A.W. Tozer said, “The average Christian is so cold and contented with his wretched condition that there is no vacuum of desire into which the blessed Spirit can rush in satisfying fullness.”
Leonard Ravenhill said, “When there’s something in the Bible that churches don’t like, they call it ‘legalism.'”
In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “When the Cane Ridge (Kentucky) Revival began in 1800, conviction was often accompanied by weeping, shouting, fainting, or the ‘jerks.’ Crowds met in fields and forests because there were no churches big enough to accommodate them. The ‘camp meeting,’ a familiar American revival tradition, was born at Cane Ridge.”
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 have been 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 six of them already.
The next time a believer’s calling or vocation is mentioned in the New Testament is in Hebrews 3:1-2, which reads, “Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; Who was faithful to him that appointed him.”
The writer calls us “holy brethren” because that is how Jesus views us. He has been speaking of Jesus’ goal to “bring many sons to glory,” that is that many would come to salvation through Him. This is the work that Jesus is engaged in. It is the heavenly calling, and we are also partakers in it. We are working alongside Jesus and Jesus is working through us in the fields that are white unto harvest. As we work, we ought to “consider Christ Jesus.” The word consider means to take notice of, to study with the sight, to fix our eyes upon Him. We are to fix our eyes on Jesus because He is our ultimate example and guide as we seek to fulfill our calling.
Finally, Peter speaks of this calling in 2 Peter 1:10: “Wherefore brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall.”
The Christian is to be diligent about his calling in Christ. Just as one takes his worldly job seriously, the things of Christ ought to be taken seriously more so. What are “these things” that a Christian is supposed to be diligent about cultivating in his life as part of his calling? In verses 5-7 of this chapter, Peter says these things are faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love. These internal traits are just as important as external things such as evangelism, church planting, charity work, etc. These are also a part of our calling. When these things are developing in our inner man, it lets us know that Christ is at work in us, that our calling and election is sure, and that we will not fall by the wayside.
The call of God on our lives as Christians opens us up to great privileges and blessings, but with it comes great responsibility. We must walk worthy of our calling.