A Life Response
Ephesians 4:1 (NIV®)
As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.
Paul, who was imprisoned for his devotion to the Lord, was reminding the Ephesians that our entire lives are a response to God. Not just the time we block out for worship, or personal devotions, or a small group meeting―the normal, everyday activities of our lives should be “worthy of the calling you have received.” It’s easy to be deceived into thinking that we can be godly for a few moments here and there and the rest of the time is ours to do as we please. It is our time to use as we choose; but those choices are responses to God, and He takes notice of them. How we select a movie to watch is a response to God. How we react when our child fouls out of the game is a response to God. How we conduct business is a response to God. How we interact with our families is a response to God. Life—it’s all a response to God, and “worthy of the calling” is a good standard to keep in mind as we go about our daily routines.
THINK ABOUT IT
How would you feel if Jesus were sitting beside you as you watched your usual television shows? Would He approve of your conversations with your coworkers? Would He be pleased to see your normal interactions with your family members?
Heavenly Father, with my whole heart I will seek You. Let me not wander from Your commandments. I will fix my eyes on Your precepts and meditate on Your ways. Thank You for Your mercy and Your grace. I choose to live my life to bring honor and glory to You. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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