Thursday, May 5, 2011

Is There a Difference?

I recently heard someone sharing this scripture.

Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God.  Ephesians 4:1

 I have heard this scripture many times, but this time I really started thinking about what it means.  Paul is telling us, asking us, begging us, challenging us to live a life worthy of our calling.  

What is our calling? 

God has chosen us to be Christ's representatives on earth.  He has called us to be His own.  Our lives should be different from those who don't belong to Jesus.  

The world is watching.  Do people see Jesus living in you?

I have to admit that I have failed. My life has resembled that of the world with all its worries and fears.  But God has been reminding me.

Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world,
but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.
Romans 12:2 NLT

If I believe that the God of the universe chooses to dwell in me, then why am I worried?  Do I really think that my concerns are too big for Him?  If He has called me to do something, what makes me think He hasn't already made a way for me to do it?  Why are we thinking as the world thinks?  

We should stand out.  There should a difference between our lives as believers and the lives of those who don't know Him.  They are hopeless.  But we have hope and our lives should reflect that.

So, can the world see a difference in your life?  Are you living worthy of the call?

10 comments:

  1. I try so hard but fail so often. I want the world to see Christ in me and I need to work harder at living that kind of life. Great reminder.

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  2. We should stand out. Not because of us but because of "salvation." The gift given to us beyond all measure or human comprehension. We therefore should abound in hope and reflect this truth that "God so loved me," that he gave me his very own Son because it pleased him to do so. That I could be with him forever.

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  3. I so often fall short of that because I worry. I have been working on faith, one day at a time, I am working having enough faith for today, and worry about my faith for tomorrow when tomorrow comes.

    Blessings to you.

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  4. I fall short every single day but I'm always learning ;) We'll get there!

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  5. So thankful His grace when I fail at this and thankful for His strength when I make the choice to stand out and stand firm for Him!

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  6. For way too many years I failed miserably to "stand out." I convinced myself I was a good guy and that was good enough. Only recently have I really been seeking God's will for my life, and it took a terrible tragedy to get me there. My daughter was killed early this year and everything I knew, or thought I knew, was shaken apart. But Jesus was there in the midst of all the pain and suffering, willing to pick me up and help me put myself together. With His help, I'll be better than I was before and will be used by Him to glorify Him, all while honoring the memory of my beautiful daughter and "standing out" as a believer. Thanks Lisa for this great post!

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  7. I also try, but fail often... I think that it's that I doubt His voice. I question if it is mine or His and in the process I back out. When we sense His call we should just move in obedience, it's when we over-think it that we begin to doubt. Thankfully we serve an understanding and forgiving God who keeps calling despite us :) Great post!

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  8. Wonderful reminder Lisa... We all need to strive to become worthy of His call, and to show His Light to all those around us.

    Have a Blessed Day!

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  9. Don't be hard on yourself girl. We all worry and fear things. Your right though biblical living calls us out of our shells. It calls us to stand out and live differently. Sometimes I think I'm not crazy enough about Jesus... That I'm still holding on to too much. But at least were all in it together to encourage and spur one another on!! Keep on running the race!!:)))

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  10. Thank you for writing this...it's exactly one of the things the Lord has been teaching me lately. The problem is, I don't really know what it looks like to not look like the world. It seems that the majority of Christians, at least in the U.S., try to fit in with the world, rather than following biblical principles and callings.
    But, worry about the future is a big struggle for me. I want to know what it holds more often than I lay it in God's hands...

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