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.
Ephesians 4:1-3 (NIV)
As Christians, Christ has united us as one body. We therefore do not have to forge unity but maintain the unity that is centered on Jesus Christ and can’t be destroyed. As Paul rightly put it to the Ephesian Christians, relationships are key to living consistently within the Christian calling since the way we relate to each other is an opportunity for extension of the gospel. We are called to walk together.
However, we should note that it takes some effort to maintain the unity and the relationships we need in our daily Christian walk because it is quite simple to slide into unhealthy patterns of relating with each other as we’re often tempted to getting involved in behavior that is inconsistent with the gospel. Relationships are very vital and help us to live in consistency with the gospel so as to achieve unity, not just amongst Christians, but with everyone we live and interact with. This can only happen through Christ, our pillar of unity and peace, through whom we should live in joy and fellowship with one another.
As Paul reminded the Ephesians, your “calling” expects you to maintain the unity in the gospel through practicing humility, gentleness, patience, and putting up with each other in love as you walk together in the Heavenly journey.
Lord, let this reader and I be “All for One”, and may we walk together with humility, gentleness, patience, and forbearance.
This is the second in the “Know your Calling” series of blog posts and is written by Alemi Todoko, PEER Servants volunteer from Koboko, Uganda, and now living in Juba, South Sudan.