We Are Called To Our Calling
Now that Paul has spent the first half of Ephesians explaining what God has done for us, he shifts gears. In chapter 4, he begins to tell us what difference that should make in our lives.
Therefore refers, of course, to everything that has written before and what he is about to write. It is a transition from what God had done for us to how we should now live.
Paul refers himself to himself as the prisoner of the Lord. He looked around at his circumstances and didn’t just bemoan them or simply wish that things were different. He believes that his circumstances were part of furthering the gospel for the Lord.
Paul implores his readers to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which they have been called. The calling, of course, refers to being called into a relationship with Jesus Christ. Paul refers to the Christian life as a walk. Our walk should be worthy of our call into our relationship with Christ.
Our walk should have certain characteristics as we walk through life. It should exhibit gentleness, patience, and tolerance for one another in love. We should be diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. In light of all that Christ has done, those who come into a relationship with Christ must maintain their unity together. Those characteristics help maintain that unity.
Paul, next, puts forth the idea that we are all formed into one body. We must be focused on the body of Christ more than our own individuality. There is one Spirit that binds the body together. One hope joins the two, our hope in Christ and what he has done for us.
Paul continues with characteristics that bind us all together. We have one Lord, one faith, one baptism and one God and Father of all. He is over all, through all and in all.
What does all this mean for us? We share all of this together. Our walk should demonstrate certain characteristics and is tied together by our faith in Jesus Christ.