How to Walk Worthy of Your Calling
Apply the words of the Apostle Paul as you walk in your work today
Are you a doctor? A lawyer? A chief, tinker, tailor, soldier, sailor? Whatever your calling, apply these words from the Apostle Paul, “I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”
Army basic training included the 40-yard low crawl - working as hard and as fast as you can to keep your head down and cover the distance quickly. Your calling includes an exercise of similar humility - a “lowliness of mind” - by not thinking more highly of yourself than you ought. Or even better, not thinking of yourself at all, but instead thinking of and serving others. Speaking well of others - saying nothing of you - avoiding the words “I” and “my.”
Gentle means “mild and meek.” But that does not mean “wimp or doormat.” Rather, gentle is often described as “power under control.” Try putting your personal and position power under your control. When you become frustrated or angry, stop and harness that powerful emotional energy to open your hands, have a gentle touch and turn on your hearing heart.
If you pray for patience, be aware it is a lengthy lesson to learn. By definition, it means longsuffering. By benefit, it is learning obedience and being perfected by God. And there is no better place to exercise patience than at work with its thorns (painful pricks that hurt!) and thistles (luxuriously growing but totally useless plants that are frustrating!).
Bear with others
Have you ever thought “work would be great except for other people?” Especially when they are not carrying their weight? Or they do something that means more work for you? To bear with another means to hold up, carry or bear burdens. Remember, there’s a reason a business is called a company. That teamwork includes work. And that we are members of one body, with Christ as the Head.
We are not talking about the romantic, hearts and flowers, f-e-e-e-e-lings kind of love. This is love not based on how lovely, lovable or loving the other person is. But rather this love is a decision you make and a policy you pursue to seek the welfare of all – working no ill to any. It is known by action that acts in the best interest of others. This love is without condition and demands you “just do it!”
Keep the unity of the Spirit
A team, a company or a body can only stay together as one through zealously and diligently guarding, preserving and watching over the unity of its members. It’s you and everyone else staying on the same page for the same purpose. It is best said as “One for all and all for One.”
Through the bond of peace
Organizations need more than organization to succeed. They need the individual members to connect with one another through the bond of peace – like ligaments by which the members of a human body are united together in harmony and concord. It is this peace that unifies "the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love." (Ephesians 4:16)
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