September 13, 2012 by ronlasseter
As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit- just as you were called to one hope when you were called- one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and one Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.
As a ministry, it is our responsibility to be unified. Not just unified but unified under one banner, God’s banner. In this text, Paul writes to live a life worthy of the calling, man, that hits home. Unification starts at home with each of us living a life worthy of the call. How can a group unify if they are not of one mind or one Spirit? The undertones of this text suggests our personal lives must first line up with this scripture. We must be completely humble and gentle, be patient, bearing with one another in love. Our lives must reflect the Spirit through the bond of peace. When we as individuals line up and reflect these traits, we become one accord. Like minds think alike right? So it’s safe to say, if we develop Christ’s mind, we inadvertently become unified. Amazing how that works isn’t it, we open our heart to the calling God has placed upon us, He molds us in His image and He unifies us to fulfil that same calling.
My prayer today Lord is simple, work in me today Lord. Mold me in your image, instill in me your values so that I may be worthy of the call. Keep me humble and gentle, help me to deal with others in love. Thank you for your grace and your mercy. Thank you for your Spirit whom you have sent to change me so that I may unify with my brothers and fulfill the calling you have placed upon us. Thank you for my request in your name,