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I am unworthy of His call.

Completely. Totally. Absolutely.

There is nothing in myself that deserves the sweet presence and nearness and pleasure of being close to God, and from there getting the opportunity to live out the delight of being near Him in my everyday, not-so-ordinary life.

I am unworthy of His call. But so are you. So is your neighbor next door. So are all of us.

So what did Paul mean when he urged the Ephesians to be worthy?

“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 (ESV)

He wasn’t talking about being worthy of God predestining us, choosing us, and wooing us to Himself, to this grand adventure of living for Him, all by the grace of God through Christ that we can be saved through this calling, this drawing, this divine pursuit of love.

No, Paul would certainly agree that none of us were deserving of that. In fact, he emphatically declared that he himself was the worst of sinners:

“The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.” 1 Timothy 1:15 (ESV)

Paul blatantly admits he is the most wicked and terrible of sinners. Why would he say a thing like that? The truth is, we are all “the worst of sinners” in a sense. “The ground is level at the foot of the cross,” as the saying goes. You and I, no matter what types of sins we have committed in comparison to a murderer or a child molester–we deserve the full penalty of our sins just as much they do–eternal damnation in hell.

Nevertheless, by the sheer mercy and grace of God, Christ died for us. He saved us. He loved us.

How mindblowing is that!?

Check yourself and see if you have really let your soul feel the wonder of this reality of late. After all, if you are going to live out your calling by His grace for His glory, it has to come from the basis of this reality: Christ died for you, and that is the only way you are able to live.

To truly live. To live a life full of the life that God has always meant us to experience since the creation of this world, rather than a “life” full of death–misery, obsessions, and heartache from our own filling and filling of ourselves with what cannot satisfy–the wretched effects of sin.

At this point, you’re probably like: OK. I get it. So then what is all this “worthy of the calling” stuff about?

It’s about Him. And it’s about His plan and purpose for you. You were destined for so much more than the mediocre ways so many have slipped into living: comfortable, distracted, and full of desire for worldly things. God didn’t call you to live this way.

Not at all.

The whole reason that Jesus died for you was so you could be set free from the bondage of sin, and from there, to live in that freedom of knowing Him and growing in Him.

He called you to be saved, but He also called you to so much more: a life with meaning, hope, and fulfillment in becoming all God created you to be since the beginning of this world.

It’s about getting out of this world’s system of distraction, comfortability, and worldliness and finding the truest life in Him.

Who is to say you truly are a Christian if you’re still obsessed with your phone more than your Bible, you care more about work than your coworkers, or you look and laugh and talk like everyone else in this world?

I have been reading “A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life” by Thomas Law, and one quote that has stuck out to me is:

“If self-denial be a condition of salvation, all that would be saved must make it a part of their ordinary life. If humility be a Christian duty, then the common life of a Christian is to be a constant course of humility in all its kinds… If we are to love our enemies, we must make our common life a visible exercise and demonstration of that love. If content and thankfulness, if the patient bearing of evil be duties of God, they are the duties of every day, and in every circumstance of life… If our common life is not a common course of humility, self-denial, renunciation of the world, poverty of spirit, and heavenly affection, we do not live the lives of Christians.”

Wow. How many Christians do you know actually live this way? This has become so incredibly uncommon (at least in American churches, but I’m sure elsewhere as well amongst believers) that oftentimes I feel like an alien among other professing Christians. Now, I am sure that some of them are truly saved, but haven’t endeavored to work out their salvation with fear and trembling (Phil. 2:12). But if you want to know who is really saved, give the test that Jesus gave: you will know them by their fruit.

And how does one produce fruit? By abiding in Jesus, the Vine. And how does one abide in the Vine? By giving up all their rights to live and think and move and act and believe in their own ways and inviting Jesus in to transform their hearts of stone in hearts of flesh, which desire truth in the inner being.

And this is the only way to truly live. Once your heart is positioned in truly desiring to please God in every area of your life, you will find that God’s calling for you to be made holy and righteous in His sight begins taking shape in your being, as the old is washed away by the new once and for all, even as you are being made holy through the process of sanctification (Hebrews 10:14).

This can only be fulfilled if we let Him do the work in us. If we give up what we thought we wanted or what we believed was even a “good life,” and let Him transform us.

Are you willing and ready to give up anything and everything for Him?

Then this blog is for you.

Come journey with me, dear heart. Lay aside your selfish ways of distraction, comfortability, and worldliness and let the blood Jesus wash you and sanctify you to be holy, righteous, and pure. Let Him teach you to walk in truth and in love, for He is as gentle as a lamb.

In your sincere desire for Him, His will for your life will be revealed and your calling unveiled, so that, by the grace of God, you will indeed be found worthy by Him when that Judgment Day comes and we all must give an account for the lives we have lived.

Blessings in abundance,

Grace Revayah

“Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” 1 Corinthians 6:9-11

“So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.” 2 Corinthians 5:9-10

“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 (ESV)