I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened so you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the glorious riches of His inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of His power to us who believe, according to the working of His vast strength.
God wants us to take the initial step to acknowledge Him in spite of the opposition that you face. The evidence of our faith should be our behavior in humility, and it is to be consistent throughout.
I, therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, urge you to walk worthy of the calling you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, accepting one another in love.
If you have been a believer in Jesus Christ for sometime, do you remember your calling? Do you know what God would want you to do at this time? Sometimes it is as simple as refreshing yourself in God’s Word and seeking Him in prayer. Your call needs to be recognize as the will of God being a part of your life each and every day. It starts with a surrendering of your heart and your own way of thinking, and yielding to the Lord in all things. God wants you to look beyond what appears good to man, but rather, do what is pleasing to God.
17 Therefore, I say this and testify in the Lord: You should no longer walk as the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their thoughts. 18 They are darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them and because of the hardness of their hearts. 19They became callous and gave themselves over to promiscuity for the practice of every kind of impurity with a desire for more and more.
20 But that is not how you learned about the Messiah, 21 assuming you heard Him and were taught by Him, because the truth is in Jesus: 22 you took off your former way of life, the old man that is corrupted by deceitful desires; 23 you are being renewed in the spirit of your minds; 24 you put on the new man, the one created according to God’s [likeness] in righteousness and purity of the truth.
I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus.
For this reason also, since the day we heard this, we haven’t stopped praying for you. We are asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding, so that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him, bearing fruit in every good work and growing in the knowledge of God.
The act of setting God before you will help you to remain focused on Him. The continued focus on God’s Word, especially in these latter days, is now more important than ever for all believers. We must remain well informed and well prepared as we live and minister to others. God’s Word is very clear to us, and we need to live in the same way that His Word is clear and definitive–with the confidence that what we say and do is an extension of God’s will. We are set apart from the world in order to make a positive difference in the world. We are set apart because of God’s redeeming grace, and we can pray for others and share what God has done for us. Those that we pray for can experience, through your intercession and testimonies, the glory of God can also belong to them–it’s God’s will for them to experience Him, too.
2 Thessalonians 2:13-15
But we must always thank God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God has chosen you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and through belief in the truth. He called you to this through our gospel, so that you might obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions you were taught, either by our message or by our letter.
There are no naturally born children of God–all of us are adopted into His family. We recognize how much God loves us through His desire to seek those who are lost–who was each of us at one time in our lives. We are to live for Christ in our calling and see the world in the same way that Jesus does. We are to be like Christ in all that we do. His will is our calling.
2 Peter 1:10-11
Therefore, brothers, make every effort to confirm your calling and election, because if you do these things you will never stumble. For in this way, entry into the eternal kingdom of our Lird and Savior Jesus Christ will be richly supplied to you.