It is so easy to see our lives through the filter of our brokeness,but thats not how Jesus sees us, amen. He’s sees us through His perfect sacrifice. I love reading through the book of Ephesians because chapters 1,2 and 3 are amazing. They go on to tell us our spiritual blessing that are in Christ, to who we were before accepting Christ, and on to how we are saved by grace. And chapter 3, Paul prays, and i want to be able to say the same thing as Paul said when he writes, “For this reason, i bow me knees before the father.”
Many times, we evaluate our lives, and count our many blessings, and next we ask, “well, now what?” Being here at the Our Generation Training Center has broken me down several times, only because i asked my self this question on occasion. But i began to read Ephesians over and over and over. And Chapter 4 starts like this “I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,” So i start thinking to myself, “Ok God, I’m gonna be the best Christian and walk that is pleasing to you.” But thats not the end of this verse. The next part of this verse just broke me down. verse 2 says “With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;”
For now, i just want to stop at the word “lowliness”. It is so easy to be a selfish person, because this is who we are as natural people. God says in these verse to walk worthy, with LOWLINESS. Lets stop and think about this word. This word means to humbly stoop yourself down to a low position. When i looked this word up, i just broke down. Because i know who i am as a natural person. I love things my way and on my time and on my schedule. Being around guys who were able to help me see the Bible from a totally different view is awesome. How when we recognize our position in Christ causes us to fall before God and bow our knees before the Father and submit ourselves to each other. When i think of the word lowliness, i think of the lowest job you can think of. It seems to me in ministry, that the lowest job you have is the highest calling. To me that would be a servant.
A servant is someone who serves others and going out of there way to do whatever for the other person. This was a very strong conviction for me, because i am a very selfish person. But when we think of the calling we are called in walking worthy, it seems to me that walking worthy means denying yourself to serve someone else. That was all of Jesus’ ministry. He didn’t come to be served (although He deserved it) but He came to serve others. When we think of Jesus’ model of being a servant, that should be the ultimate example of service. We think of The God of Heaven, who created us. Created all the universe. The all powerful mighty God, well He came down to serve messed up sinners like me. Here is the best way to put Jesus’ ministry in these verses in Philippians chapter 2
5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Another thing i was noticing as i was studying Ephesians 4 is that it says to walk worthy with lowliness and meekness. That hit me hard. Sometimes i know me and i strive to serve but with anger only because i know i have to do it. But when we do it with all meekness (humbly) we see ourselves in a different position. Its as if we are loving someone, and is not that what we are suppose to do? To love each other? I believe so. I believe we are to stoop down to such a low level and become servants to all, but as we are on this journey in becoming servants to all, we should do it humbly. And have the mind of Christ, and take on the job of being a servant to all.
Last thing. I know being in ministry can be tough and challenging and very competitive. It can be very stressful, and when we begin to compare our selves to others and the ministry in which they are doing, it begins to stress us, and discourages us, and we want to give it all up. But if you are in any kind of ministry, first we should be thankful to God for anything He gives us. This is something i had to learn, is to be content and thankful for what God has given me. I may not do as much as others, but I’m thankful for what God has given me. But most of all, we are not in ministry to do better than someone else. This isn’t some kind of competition we are running in. God called us to walk worthy, by serving others. Besides, all the ministry you are in, God will very well look at you and say, “Well done my faithful servant” and the other believers who aren’t really in ministry but is serving others with compassion, well God will look at them and say “well done my faithful servant”
Remember, we are called to walk worthy, by humbly stooping ourselves down to a low level, but humbly. And we are not doing this for competition with others in who s better. The truth is, Jesus was better, and still came to serve all, so now we must have the attitude of John the Baptist who said ” He MUST increase, and i MUST decrease.”
Constantly be reminded of the spiritual blessings we have in Christ, and when we read next time Ephesians 4, remember that because God has changed you, now walk worthy, by serving others with humility, compassion, and love. God bless you all.