Higher Standards   

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.- Ephesians 4:1

What does it mean to walk worthy of the calling? Our calling from God is to become like Christ (Romans 8:29). To be “worthy” of this calling means to want to do what is right and good, as Christ would. Our destiny is in Him.

When I  think of “calling,” I think of the gifts God has blessed each of us with.  These gifts enable us to bring unbelievers into a relationship with Jesus Christ.  Church of the Highlands has many opportunities to serve. From directing traffic to becoming a prayer warrior, pushing little ones in an oversized stroller or welcoming people as they enter the front door, we are serving as the hands and feet of Jesus.  What does that  calling look like for you?

The Bible’s message is that we are expected to walk in a different way once we follow Christ. It doesn’t matter if  a crowd is watching or no one is watching at all, if the circumstance or situation is pleasant or difficult,  or if you’re feeling physically, emotionally, or spiritually drained.

We  are children of the King and that makes us royalty!

About eight months ago I reminded my daughter of  this same statement.  She had a situation at work get the better of her. I did my best to cheer her up. I gave her my usual  pep talk and reminded her that she was a princess and that her Father is bigger than her circumstances. The next day I went to Wal-Mart. I wanted to make her a little goodie basket to cheer her up. I put the usual candy and caffeine, little trinkets and a tiara. That’s right — a tiara. My thought was when she was feeling overwhelmed or needed encouragement she could put her tiara on, look in the mirror, and be reminded she is a princess.

When you make an effort to live in a Christlike manner, it affects the people around you. The way we walk is seen in how we treat others. What do people see when they walk by you? Do they see a husband and wife fussing in the parking lot at church only to change their attitude when they hit the front door? Maybe you act one way when you’re not with your church friends than you do with your co-workers.  Is this what you want others to see in you? Whatever happens, we are to conduct ourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ (Philippians 1:27). Whether you are in line at the grocery store, traveling Highway 280 during rush hour, or someone happens to look at you in a manner you don’t like, is this what you want God to see?

God has called us to live extraordinary lives by walking worthy of our calling. And how do we do this?  We walk in love and unity with others, building the body of believers for the Kingdom of God.

The way we walk is up to us.

Recently diagnosed with stage 2 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Tonya continues to write for BoP when she is able. She doesn’t ask “Why me Lord?”  She embraces the journey God has set forth for her. The battle has already been won. God has walked before her and now He leads her to victory. Her Breath on Paper bio can be found here.




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