Today’s Deeply Rooted Devotion is from Ephesians 1-6.
“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:1-3
Alexander the Great, one of the greatest military generals who ever lived, conquered almost the entire known world with his vast army. Onenight during a campaign, he couldn’t sleep and left his tent to walk around the campgrounds.
As he was walking he came across a soldier asleep on guard duty – serious offense. The penalty for falling asleep on guard duty was, in some cases, instant death; the commanding officer sometimes poured kerosene on the sleeping soldier and lit it. The soldier began to wake up as Alexander the Great approached him. Recognizing who was standing in front of him, the young man fear for his life.
“Do you know what the penalty is for falling asleep on guard duty?” Alexander the Great asked the soldier. “Yes, sir,” the soldier responded in a quivering voice. “Soldier, what’s your name?” demanded the general. “Alexander, sir.” Alexander the Great repeated the question: “What is your name?” “My name is Alexander, sir” the soldierrepeated. A third time and more loudly Alexander the Great asked,“What is your name?” A third time the soldier meekly said, “My name is Alexander, sir.” Alexander the Great then looked the young soldier straight in the eye. “Soldier,” he said with intensity, “either change your name or change your conduct.”
What we think and believe about God will always impact how we live for God. Who we are in Jesus will change how we live our life.
The book of Ephesians is rich in truth about who we are in Jesus Christ and how that impacts daily life. God’s plan, from the beginning, was to bring salvation to all people. He doesn’t save us into isolation, but into the life of the church. And good works are the result of salvation. What we think and believe about God will always impact how we live for God. To say it another way; who we are in Jesus will change how we live our life. We have different moral behaviors, different desires, different speech, different relationships, different priorities, and drastically different identity. The man in the story bore the name of Alexander and Alexander the Great told him to change his conduct to reflect his name. Similarly, our conduct changes to reflect the name of Jesus that we bear upon being redeemed by Him. This changes how we treat people in our relationships. Paul specifically hits on marriage, parenting, and work relationships. But, we must remember that we cannot walk in a manner worthy of our calling without standing firm in the strength of the Lord and clothing ourselves with the armor of God.
- Meditate on your identity. Is it found in Christ or not? If it is, thank the Lord for your salvation and ask for His help to walk in a manner worthy of it. If it is not, look to talk with someone who is a follower of Jesus.
- Look again at Ephesians 4:1-3. Identify command for Christian living that is currently challenging to you and ask the Spirit to guide you to grow in that.
- In which of your relationships do you find it hard to walk in a manner worthy of your calling right now?