3 Minute Read + Scripture readings

Today’s Bible Reading:

1 Kings 7
Ephesians 4
Ezekiel 37
Psalms 87-88

Today’s Bible Verse(s):

Ephesians 4:1-3 (CSB): “Therefore I, the prisoner in the Lord, urge you to walk worthy of the calling you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”

Reflections on Today’s Bible Verse(s):

The statement that the Apostle Paul makes in Ephesians 4:1 is significant. As the Holy Spirit enabled Paul to write Scripture, he “urged” the Ephesians “to walk worthy of the calling (they) have received.”

What’s that mean? Essentially, it is a call to not diminish the Gospel by claiming to follow Jesus and then living like the world. It is a call to live in such a way that we demonstrate that we have truly been changed by Jesus.

So, what does it look like if we live in such a way that demonstrates the incalculable value of the Gospel? Just read the text again.

Ephesians 4:1-3 (CSB): “Therefore I, the prisoner in the Lord, urge you to walk worthy of the calling you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”

Walking worthy of the Gospel clearly means that we will relate to each other in humility, overlooking the hurt that others may cause us, and working toward unity.

So, when a “Christian” family, or church are characterized by discord, they aren’t living worthy of the Gospel. Instead, they are dragging the Gospel through the mud. They are saying that the Gospel, that has supposedly saved them, isn’t powerful enough to change them.

Friend, live worthy of the Gospel. Live worthy of your calling into God’s family. Among other things, demonstrate your value of the Gospel by living in a right way with others.

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Lord Jesus, forgive me for not treating others as I should. Forgive me for diminishing the value of the Gospel and for diminishing my calling by doing so. I pray that I would demonstrate the worthiness of my calling by how I treat others well. I pray this in Your Name. Amen.

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