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Colossians 1:10 ” And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God…”

Even though Ralph Waldo Emerson grappled with his faith, one of his quotes fits this Scripture very well.  He said,  ” The purpose of life isn’t to be happy. It’s to be useful, honorable, compassionate, and to have made some kind of difference that you’ve lived and lived well.”  This living our life worthy is also found in Ephesians 4:1, where Paul wrote, “I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you’ve received.”  For when we conduct our life filled with good works and wisdom – God’s perfect plan and purpose will be fulfilled…and in the end we’ll have made a difference in the world.

Jeremiah 15:19 ” Therefore this is what the Lord says: ‘If you repent, I will restore you that you may serve Me; if you utter worthy, not worthless words, you will be My spokesman. Let this people turn to you, but you must not turn to them.’ “

In this verse the Lord lays out very clearly what’s our responsibility and what’s His.  For starters, this relationship can’t happen until we have that “coming to Jesus moment”, a time when we finally stop, admit our sinfulness, repent, and turn back to Him.  He says that at that moment He will restore, renew, and revive our old self into a new one that is  worthy of carrying His Message to others.  But there is also a warning in this verse, a caution to not allow compromise to creep into our message – however enticing it is – to merely win the approval of man.  As Zechariah 3:7  tells us, we are to continually walk in His ways and keep His requirements…not what we think others want to hear.

Philippians 1:27 ” Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.”

Paul is thought to have written this letter to the Philippians during his first Roman imprisonment.  He wanted them to be encouraged whether they ever saw him again or not.  Paul especially exhorted them to stand firm in one spirit…something that the modern-day Church should take heed of.  When there is infighting, discord, and division,  the Church cannot function as it should.  For when we are not standing firmly together in unity…contending for the Gospel as one…the message of Salvation through Jesus Christ is lost in the muck and mire and turmoil within the Church walls.  Paul reminds the Philippians, and us, to lead our lives in a manner deserving of the Gospel of Peace.

Romans 11:29 ” For God’s gifts and His call are irrevocable.”

As Believers, we all go through times that we wonder if we’re hearing God correctly.  Maybe it’s times when He seems far away…or we feel we’re in a  dry place in our walk with Him.  That’s when this verse and Romans 8:28 needs to be before us.  “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”  The Lord uses our gifts, talents, and passions throughout our Christian life to bring edification to others…and just because we don’t “feel it” doesn’t mean we’re still not being used of  Him.  We’ll all go through seasons of our life when our gift mix may wax and wane…certain ones coming to the forefront, while others seemingly retreat…but our gifts will always remain the same.  The writer of Hebrews quoted Psalm 110:4 when he said, “The Lord has sworn and will not change His mind.”  For He is the God of the past, present and future…and He will not recall what He has already given, and His ultimate plan and purpose for our life will prevail.

Acts 13:2 “While they were worshipping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘ Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’ “

What the Lord requires of me is completely different from what He is calling you to accomplish for Him.  But we have all been set apart or selected by God…entrusted with the divine call to share the Gospel Message with others.  Yes, your calling is to your co-workers, friends , and family…those in your circle of influence.  But it’s also to those people He brings across your path daily…the sad looking waitress, the harried, young Mom waiting in line with you,  or the neighbor who’s just received devastating health news.  You have been set apart for all them…called to bring the Good News of Jesus to those who desperately need it.

Matthew 16:25 ” For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for Me will find it.”

It tells us in John 12:25 that, “The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.”   Everyday is a struggle, where our affections are pulled one way or the other.  The glitter and lure of the world is great, with its promises of immediate gratification and unending ecstasy.  But the cold hard truth is that our excessive fondness for things of the world will only  lead us down a path to self-destruction and death.  For the world tells us to live today to the fullest… to eat, drink, and be merry, with no regard for tomorrow.   But the Lord tells us that there is life beyond the grave, and that the world is blinding us from this truth.   If  I want to save my life, I must lose it in the person of Jesus Christ…I must turn my focus and  affections from the temporal to the eternal…from the fleeting to the everlasting.

Romans 12:1 ” Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship.”

Do you have an attitude of gratitude towards God?  Is your perspective colored by thankfulness for what the Lord has done in your life?  It’s then you fully realize the compassion and love God has lavished on you… and that you have been called and set apart for His work. For out of that profound gratitude will come a desire to serve and to live a life worthy of the calling. (Eph. 4:1)