Therefore 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 NLT
The truth is, we all make rapid adjustments based on who is trying to connect with us. Am I dressed right? How do I need to greet this person? I hope they don’t bring up that conflict from the past. And the list goes on…
We all have a strong desire to do well with people trying to connect with us. In a group setting, peer pressure presents responses that, unexamined, can move us in the wrong direction. Most of us are reluctant to stand out in a group situation.
Many years ago I interviewed for the position I currently serve in as the Executive Director of Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center. It was a thorough process with a full combination of written responses, consultant evaluation, and a wide variety of group meetings. I came away from those interviews wanting to do a great job, in part, because of the people God had used to call me. Their call to me to take this job really mattered.
The Apostle Paul writes to all of us when he says “ Therefore I, as 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 NLT
Imagine God texting you with the following: “I want to talk to you about your future. You have some great opportunities and responsibilities I want to give you. Can we meet?” I know that I would be very excited, and maybe, a bit anxious for that meeting.
The main point is that we should be focused on the one who has called us… God, Himself. He has called us. He has made a relationship with Him possible through Jesus Christ. He has asked us to live in this world in a way that demonstrates His love. He has given us the Holy Spirit to be able to live out the call. He doesn’t expect perfection, because He is perfection. He asks us to come closer to Him, to align our lives with Him and the work of His Kingdom.
What adjustments will you make today knowing that in the midst of all the other interactions you have, God has called you. Let’s remember who has called us. Let’s live our life worthy of His call…because…He has called.