Do you read scripture with curiosity? If you find something that doesn’t quite make sense, do you go back and see what it connects with? Or do you read on with a shrug of your shoulders?
Someone once said, “if you find a therefore, see what it is there for.” For instance:
1Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God.Ephesians 4:1
Here is a therefore. What is it there for? What is the calling for which I should lead a worthwhile life? Is it the same for everyone? Is my calling the “thing” I do or is it deeper, more than my individual purpose?
Looking quickly into Paul’s previous remarks, some clarity can be gained. I emphasized yesterday that Jews and Gentiles share the same inheritance because they both believe the Good News. There is another nugget nestled in Paul’s words that bears mining out.
10God’s purpose in all this was to use the church to display his wisdom in its rich variety to all the unseen rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. 11This was his eternal plan, which he carried out through Christ Jesus our Lord.Ephesians 3:10-11
What is the calling we received from God? We are to be examples of God’s wisdom! To whom? Unseen rulers and authorities in the heavens! Let me put this into common language for you?
All of heaven — unseen rulers and authorities, good and evil — are watching those who believe the Good News —THE CHURCH — to see how we get along. We are an example of God’s wisdom when we live in unity with one another.
I ask myself, “How am I doing? Am I showing off God’s wisdom?”
How well are you doing? Does your life display God’s wisdom? Are you an example of the love, acceptance, unity and peace that God had in mind when he brought all people together under one head, Jesus?
It is time to link arms with all those who are called by God’s name and march into battle together. Let’s not bite and devour one another. If God said it was a good idea to bring us all together equally under one name, then it is. Now let’s live like we believe it.