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)
Don’t you love the way the Apostle Paul reinforces the desired behavior when he writes “completely” humble to the folks in Ephesus?
Paul wasn’t looking for just humility – he was looking for “complete” humility. He had one person in mind as the example. Jesus. As we have seen time and time again this year in our “All for One” theme, we are called to become just like Jesus. In our accepting one another, forgiving one another, loving one another, and in our humility. Completely humble.
If you claim to be a follower of Jesus, you need to know that you are called to complete humility. You are called to be servant of all. You are to celebrate the privilege of choosing to become last so that the last can become first. Do you understand that this is that to which you were called? Have you embraced your calling?
There is little that is more offensive to God or other people than the person who claims to be a follower of Jesus and yet refuses to accept this high calling of complete humility.
Lord, let this reader and I be “All for One”, and may we embrace the powerful position of complete humility.
This is the third in the “Know your Calling” series of blog posts.