A thought especially for ‘first borns.’

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Today’s reading is from Philippians chapter 4:4 “ Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!” Why would Paul have to tell us to rejoice in the Lord? It would seem like that is a natural thing for us to do. Of all people we should be people who are happy and joyful. It is a sad fact that many of God’s people are just not happy people, especially firstborn children. So often firstborn children don’t ever stop to really enjoy what God is doing in their lives. They are so driven they just keep going and pushing and striving to be better, to go further and to do more. It is good to always be pursuing a goal and a dream but to do so at the expense of missing out on the joy of experiencing what God is doing in your life right now is a mistake.

I believe this is one of the most insidious tricks of the devil. He steals the believer’s joy. Since he cannot stop God from blessing those who have chosen to follow Him, his next scheme is to keep God’s people from enjoying those blessings. When God’s people don’t rejoice, when God’s people are not happy, they are weak! We read in Nehemiah 9:12 “The joy of the Lord is your strength.” Having joy in our Christian walk is our strength against temptation. When serving God is a pleasure, that joy acts as a counterweight against the pleasures of sin. To rejoice is the gift of enjoying life NOW. Are you enjoying life NOW?

Walking worthy of our calling

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Today’s reading is found in Ephesians 4:1 “I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called.” Is this possible? Can we actually walk worthy of our calling? Paul is saying that you are ‘already worthy’ now learn how to walk accordingly. Once you finally know who you are then you will know how to act. We don’t need to argue with God. We have been chosen by Him to be His ambassadors. Humility comes from accepting His choice. False humility comes from arguing with God. Denying what He says and what He has done for us through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

The word “calling” used here means vocation, career, or mission in life. It means that Christian living is “goal oriented.” You have a direction and a purpose that you are striving for. This is not only true for those who are called into full time ministry, like pastors, missionaries or evangelists. ALL CHRISTIANS ARE CALLED. All Christians have a HOLY CALLING. This is not just to a certain vocation, but also to a way of life. What we are doing should be what we are called to do. Walk worthy of that calling. The day-to-day behavior of the saints must match their status, for we are members of Christ’s Body, the Church, and called to share in our Savior’s glorious destiny.

Like it or not the world watches us. The believer at work is under constant surveillance. And when we speak of our Savior and the life He offers, everything we say is filtered through that which has been observed by others. The very best platform upon which we may build a case for Christianity rests on six massive pillars: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. How do we walk the walk? Do we walk worthy of our calling? Our calling is a sacred way of life. Say Bob, “What is your job? Why I am an ordained plumber. What is your job, Joe? Why I am an ordained computer technician. What is your job? Your work is your calling, your family is your calling, and your neighbor is your calling. It is your ordained responsibility. It is your pulpit. Are you walking worthy of your calling?