Lent Devotional: Ephesians 4:1-16
by Jonathan Haefs
Ephesians 4:1-16 (click here)
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:1-3)
What does it mean to walk in a manner worthy of our calling?
This sounds like the language of earning or meriting something. We need to work hard to be worthy of being a Christian. Is that what this means? I don’t think so. There’s another way to see it.
When someone comes to visit our home, we often spend time cleaning before they arrive. Why? Are we trying to earn the right for them to come over? Are we trying to be worthy of their presence? No. They’re already committed to come. Our cleaning says something about their worth and we want the cleanliness of our home to say something about how we value them.
Likewise, we have already been called by Christ to be his people. We do not make ourselves worthy to receive that calling… we walk in a manner that displays the worth of the calling we have already received. In other words, Jesus is already coming to the house of our lives…and the transformation of our lives displays his worth!
We long to live in a manner that displays the worth of the King of kings and Lord of lords who has called us as his own!
How do we do that? We do it by walking in unity with other believers. We love Christ the groom by loving his bride. This is the way we display our love for Christ, whom the world cannot see, in a visible manner.
Jesus has empowers us to love one another, to be humble, gentle, patient, and bear with on another in love. When we do this, we are putting his power and his worth on display to the world!
Paul goes on throughout Ephesians 4 to lay out exactly the manner in which Jesus works his empowering grace into our lives so that we may live in this powerful, peaceful way as part of his church. He has given us the gift of his Word, expounded by the gift of teachers. In this way, he works to equip his church, mature his church, and grow his church.
Through the teaching of the Word we are equipped for the work of ministry…both within the church and before the world!
*The complete SVCC Lenten reading guide is available here.