My prayer for you for today is that your day will be a day filled with love and patience and that you will be humble and gentle in each encounter you have today, in Jesus Name.
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. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other's faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all.
Unity. I love the quote “United we stand, divided we fall”. When I first read that Paul sees himself as a prisoner for serving the Lord, I thought it to be a little strange. How can you be a prisoner for serving Jesus when He is all about freedom, but the Holy Spirit placed an image in my head of a man bound by chains, and on these chains are engraved the words commitment. I see Paul as man bound by his commitment to serve God almost like a prisoner that will only see one world different to what we see on the outside, Paul is captured in God’s view of this world and imprisoned in his own unbreakable commitment to serve God in achieving that view. Paul is driven by his calling to bring the good news of Jesus Christ to the gentiles. What an awesome way of life. How committed are you? Are you a prisoner to the ways and thoughts of God or are you a prisoner to the ways of the world? Paul wrote: “I beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God.”
It is not mere coincidence that we are sharing this message this morning. It has a purpose and that purpose is to call you up to a life of serving God. So that in this life you will be humble and gentle and patient with other because of you love. This will united us all in the Spirit and bind us together so that we will stand and not fall. There is only one God, I am repeating this, there is only one God who is over all, in all and living through all. He is in you and in me and in everyone you meet, sometimes we must just allow Him to cut away the rough edges so that we can see the diamond in that person. Be humble today as you are patient and loving to other, for you are called by God to live a life worthy of you calling, a live of serving Him committed like Paul. There are no shortcuts on this journey, only time, patience and commitment. Commit today…
Have a great day friend of Jesus.