As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received (Ephesians 4:1).
I know; I keep coming back to this verse. It’s just too powerful to let go. Paul is leading the way here—he is living his calling, though it landed him in prison.
So, what is your call? Let’s keep it simple; after all, it’s only Tuesday. Your call, beloved of God, is to bring him glory. How do you do that? Well, the context of the verse says that you do that by keeping the peace. At the cross, God brought peace between Man and Man as well as between Man and God (Eph. 2:14-18). Our job is to live in such a way as to help maintain that unity and that peace.
Blessed are the peacemakers (Matthew 5:9)
May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me (John 17:23).
Think about the people you are likely to see and deal with today. How can you glorify God by being, “completely humble and gentle…patient, bearing with one another in love”? Yeah, I know it isn’t easy—and they’re probably thinking the same thing about you.
Hmmm…prison…solitary confinement…maybe Paul had it easier than I thought.