Happy Sunday! Today I’m sharing the thirtieth post in my “Scripture Sunday” series (read my previous “Scripture Sunday” posts here). If you haven’t read one of these posts before, they typically include a verse or two I’ve been touched by recently and a little correlation to my life (that you can hopefully relate to as well!). Obviously these posts are Christ-based, so if you don’t feel as though this kind of post is for you I encourage you to keep scrolling through my blog until you find something you like (this past week I shared two outfit posts here and here)! If you’re sticking around I hope you enjoy!
Ephesians 4:1-2; 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
Have you ever had a really cool opportunity you knew you weren’t deserving of? I know I’ve had plenty. One that I still feel completely honored to have had was the opportunity to go to Carolina Point (a YoungLife camp in Brevard, NC) as a Wyldlife leader (side note: stay tuned for a blog post on my weekend at Carolina Point soon, I promise I’m working on it!). Being a Wyldlife leader had already brought me so much joy and getting to hang out with these middle school girls all weekend at a camp as beautiful and fun-packed as Carolina Point seemed like a dream come true, and believe me it totally was!
I’m honestly still not one hundred percent sure what it feels like to be “called” by God to do something, but if I had to take a guess I’d say it was the feeling I got when my YoungLife leader Townsend texted me about being a Wyldlife leader back in July. The thought of not leading didn’t even pass through my mind, I was as certain that I wanted to lead more as I am certain that I love chocolate (and if you know me you know that’s really certain). Despite knowing that leading middle schoolers would require time-consuming training and eat up my Wednesday nights that could otherwise be spent studying or hanging out with friends my own age, I knew that I wanted to do it.
I’m now reading the book of Ephesians, and while reading chapter four yesterday I came across what I think are two of the coolest verses I’ve read in the Bible thus far. These verses, written by Paul, say “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.” Paul calls himself “a prisoner for the Lord” because he completely changed his life to follow God. After years of persecuting Christians as Saul, He encountered God and began sharing His love from nation to nation, staring in the face consequences like the ones he had previously inflicted. What does he mean though, by “to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called”? I think Paul’s referring to how we should approach those callings (i.e. awesome opportunities like leading at Wyldlife camp or even just everyday things like sharing His word with your friends). If you ask me, getting to serve God in any way is a pretty cool thing, an honor if you will, but with great power comes great responsibility. Matching that honor of leading at Carolina Point, should I have walked off that bus at camp cussing left and right, missing my leader meetings to sleep in, and helping my cabin sneak out at night? Absolutely not! Going into that weekend I intended to live up to the expectations of my head leaders and the hopes of God. Looking back, I think I led that weekend “with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love” as Paul advised.
This week, recognize that even the small parts of your everyday life offer room to pursue what God has called you to do. Do your best to live your life in such a way that reflects the great opportunity you have been given to serve such a loving God.
Thanks for reading! Have a blessed week!