As a prisoner for the Lord then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.
Paul urges us to live a life in accordance with our calling as followers of Jesus Christ. We should be humble and gentle with one another, making every effort to live in unity under the one God and Father of us all.
God has given gifts to the church- apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers- to prepare God’s people for service and to build up the Body of Christ in unity and maturity.
When we become truly mature we will be growing into Christ and not listening to the vain teaching and scheming of men.
We must learn to live together as christians in genuine unity. For too long, the church has been mired by denominationalism, by envy, by competitiveness, and by false teaching.
If we take this chapter seriously, we will learn to love one another regardless of worship styles and the ways we express our faith.
Most of what divides christians is the superficial and irrelevant. We must learn to be people of love.
True ministers- apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers- will be working to bring the church into unity. Only the false ministers will use their positions to divide the flock of Christ,
Holy Spirit work in my life so that I can love my brothers and sisters. Show me how I can break down barriers to people from other churches and traditions. Amen.