On the first day of each month I ask the Lord to give me a Scripture that I can take deep into my heart during the following four weeks; a Scripture that will teach me something I may not have fully grasped in the past; a Scripture that teaches me more about my relationship with Him and His with me.
Ephesians 4:1 is my October homework.
There's so much to ponder, pray over and take on board in this passage from the apostle Paul.
He was a prisoner for serving Jesus, and right now in some areas of the globe other Christians are prisoners for Jesus too. They really live it out, they genuinely walk a life worthy of the high calling God has placed on the life of every Christian. Many have not chosen to be prisoners for the Gospel, but so often in life what we imagine will happen simply does not. The unexpected meets us at almost every corner, and for my own experience, I am rarely prepared for it.
Ephesians 4:1 calls me.
God calls me.
God has called you.
Am I living a life worthy of His call?
I doubt it.
But does that stop Him reaching out to me? No.
He made me for a purpose. His purpose. And every day as I sit at His feet, even the quiet times when my mind is loud and determined to distract me from His Word and my prayers, He is there. Waiting, loving, reaching out, calling me to fulfil His purpose. Reminding me that I am made in His image, and I have value and a reason to live.
So this month I'm looking inside myself and I've asked God's Holy Spirit to guide me closer to the heart of Jesus and to show me what needs to change within and without so that I can grow into a life worthy of my holy calling.
If I follow and listen? Life can only be more of an adventure than it already is, even around the corner.
I pray you are already on that journey...