“Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God.”
What does it mean to live a life that is worthy of our calling? This is an incredibly important question for believers. In order to answer this, let’s look in the New Testament at a few Scriptures where Paul outlines what our call is:
I am writing to God’s church in Corinth, to you who have been called by God to be his own holy people. He made you holy by means of Christ Jesus, just as he did for all people everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours.
Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus.
It is repeated by Paul that our calling is to live a holy life. Regardless of how the world or our own flesh has made us perceive holiness, it is a gift. When we were saved and born as children of God, He gave us the gift of holiness. Jesus’ blood, which came at so great a price, was freely extended to us to offer this gift of holiness. Now, it is up to us to live out our lives in a worthy manner. It’s the way we treat those around us and the thoughts that we allow in our mind. It’s our attitude towards the activity of God and the time we spend in His presence. We should wake up every morning and thank God for His mercy and grace, which enable us to receive His holiness. We should dive headfirst into the Word of God and walk in the fear of the Lord. This is how we live a life worthy of holiness. It is not about performance, it’s about thankfulness. It’s not about our failures, it’s about our successes. We pray for strength to get up when we fall down and we rejoice when our lives line up to His calling!