Walking Worthy of Our Calling, Part 10 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #212)

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. Reavis said, “Despite the atrociousness of it, Satan really does have little cause to fear most preaching. Most preaching in the modern church is completely devoid of unction. Pastors are too busy playing golf or racquetball to bother spending time on their knees. No wonder some pastors I’ve heard can more readily quote Dr. Laura than Bible passages pertaining to prayer. It’s disastrous. Satan need not fear under those conditions.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “David had one of the most blessed experiences in the world, and that blessedness was that he was miserable about his sin.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “Finally, a revival in the Dutch colony of Cape Town, South Africa, touched that city of 30,000 people, producing missionaries who took the gospel to the native peoples of South Africa. That development was followed by similar revival in 1809 among British army regiments. These Methodist ‘soldier-evangelists’ preached the gospel widely in South Africa.”

—-

From this passage, we are now looking at the specific traits that should be a part of the life of one who is walking worthy of his calling in Christ. We have looked at the first trait which “lowliness.”

The second trait is “meekness.” “Walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called with all meekness…” The word translated as “meekness” means “gentleness; mildness; by implication, humility.” We often speak of Jesus Christ as being “meek and mild.” It is said that Moses was one of the “meekest” men who walked upon the face of the earth.

A person who is meek is one who has a gentle spirit as opposed to a combative one. He does not get angry easily. He does not respond to situations from the perspective of someone who is trying to have their own way — whether that situation is rebuke, persecution, or simply the fact that those in leadership have decided to do things differently.

Albert Barnes said, “Meekness relates to the manner in which we receive injuries. We are to bear them patiently, and not to retaliate, or seek revenge. The meaning here is that we adorn the gospel when we show its power in enabling us to bear injuries without anger or a desire of revenge, or with a mild and forgiving spirit.”

Meekness is related to humility in that a person who is meek does not think too highly of himself. He is not hung up on self-importance and self-assertiveness. He realizes that other people may know more than he knows and may be able to do things better than he can do them. In such situations, he willingly submits to their leadership.

Meekness is also patience. A person who is meek realizes that he can’t have his way right now all of the time. He does not try to force things to happen, rather, he is willing to wait for God to make them happen in His timing.

The world sees meekness as weakness. However, Biblical meekness is not weakness; instead, it is the display of spiritual strength. The man who explodes in anger when confronted with something he does not like is not displaying strength. Instead, he is showing that he has just given in to the base, fleshly instincts of the human race. On the other hand, a man who does not respond in kind when insulted or ridiculed shows that he is spiritually strong because he has allowed the Holy Spirit to master his fleshly desires.

Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, was meek, but He was not weak. Meekness is simply setting aside your rights, your status, and what you think you deserve in order to let God move. Jesus was meek when He refused to call down ten legions of angels to defend Him against the Jewish authorities who were attempting to arrest Him. Jesus was meek when He endured the false accusations, the slaps across His face, the mocking, and the beatings of by the Romans and Jews. Jesus was meek when He accepted in His body the sins of others and suffered in His body the punishment meant for others on the cross.

These situations were not fair to Jesus, but He showed His strength in them by accepting them willingly rather than fighting against them. He knew that everything was in God’s hands and that by being meek, He was allowing God’s will to be done.

He is our ultimate example. Let us walk worthy of the vocation with which we are called with all meekness.

Deborah Ann Belka wrote:

Blessed are those who are humble,
those who are submissive and meek
those who submit themselves to God
who’s will they obediently seek.

Blessed are those who are gentle,
those who are patient and tolerant
those who are rarely provoked
who hold restrain and are moderate.

Blessed are those who are meek,
those who don’t grumble or complain
those who accept what God offers
who endure the good with the pain.

Advertisements
  1. No trackbacks yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: