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Live a Worthy Life

Ephesians 4:1-2

1 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

20140530-104833-38913743.jpgOK – I admit it – I have been thinking about my age of late. I’ll be 60 in March 2015 – and the phrase – you ain’t getting any younger – has popped into my head several times of late. I know – you’re only as old as you feel – well – that’s pretty old lately! Anyone with me?

As we age – whether it is at middle age or as we approach senior citizenship – we begin to reflect on our lives. Questions like – what have I accomplished or what will my legacy be might arise in our minds. Some rush out and get a new haircut or a new car or a new life when they examine the one they have lived so far. I hope you’re not dissatisfied with the life you have lived so far. Mostly – I’m not!

Today’s passage reminds us to live a life worthy of the calling on our lives. Ephesians 4:1–2 – 1 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

It is of little consequence how much we accomplish – materialistically – although if we leave our children a nice nest egg it might make it easier on them. It is not significant how far we go in our company – although that might impact the materialistic goals we had. These things have a very short life term. We might make enough money – like some pro-ball players – and set our family up for generations to come – but that is still a limited amount of time. What really matters is how we live our life for Jesus – responding to the calling on our lives to live for Him.

As we walk out – faithfully – the life God has given us – and the calling on our lives – there will be eternal impact. If our witness is a part of what draws someone to salvation – that impact is eternal. It will not rust of fade. It is something that can be stored up unto everlasting life.

So here is the question today. Are we focused on living a life that reflects Christ? Are we striving to do what Jesus would do – as we walk out our lives? As we age – and we all are aging – can we look back and see how we have impacted others – our children – our friends – our family – our co-workers – in a positive way toward Christ?  Live a worthy life – a life that reflects Jesus.  Live it humbly and with gentleness.  Be patient and bear with others in love!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way!

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August 8, 2014 - Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal | , , , , ,

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