Understanding our Calling (Ephesians 3:14-4:6)
Part of the The Great Divide - Choosing to Walk Worthy series, preached at a Sunday Online service
Ephesians 3:14–4:6 (Listen)
14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
4:1 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
The Great Divide - Choosing to Walk Worthy
Understanding our Calling
Can you clearly discern His calling on your life?
...that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirt in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love may be able to comprehend.... Ephesians 3:16-18
Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called. Ephesians 4:1
CALLING - Distinct understanding of His will and focus on achieving it!
WORTHY - Balanced on the scales
Day by day consistency
WALK - day by day journey in pursuit of Him
I. Building our hearts up in love - Ephesians 3:14-19
A. Internal strength from His presence
B. Love that flows through our lives to His glory
II. Anticipate His blessings through supernatural enabling - Ephesians 3:20-21
A. Energizing work of the Holy Spirit
B. Recognizing that it all comes from Him and through Him
III. Choosing to walk inside your calling - Ephesians 4:1-6
A. Circumstances must never control our calling
B. Character is validated by the consistency of our walk
1. Humility - Foundation of effectiveness
2. Gentleness - -inner presence of His power
3. Patience - Endurance in the midst of obstacles
4. Love - Unconditional source of strength
5. Unity - Walking in the Spirit inside His grace
Will you walk inside your calling?