“I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” -Ephesians 4:1-3
What is your vocation? In the Strong’s Concordance, the word “vocation” is defined as an “invitation” or a “calling.” In essence, the Lord asks us, “Would you do this job for me?” Marriage, singleness, secular work, ministry work, motherhood, infertility, sisterhood, etc. are some of our respective callings as women. These callings or invitations are from whom?
Now, you -and I- may say, “Well, I sure didn’t choose this one, and I don’t recall God giving me an invitation to this!” Or we may say, “I agreed to this job, but I missed some of the fine print. I didn’t sign up for the hard parts.” When we can view our work or circumstances as Divine invitations from God to let Him work in us and through us, we can then endeavor to do our work well. How can we serve Him well if we have not accepted His invitation or His call to _________________? [Fill in the blank with your specific vocations.]
How do I become a worthy servant of the Lord in my fields?
With lowliness. “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.” -Philippians 2:3
With meekness. “…Excellent disposition of soul, not easily provoked or offended” -Matthew Henry
With longsuffering. “…Bearing injuries or provocation for a long time; patient; not easily provoked.” – Webster’s 1828 English Dictionary
With forbearance in love. “Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth…” – I Corinthians 13:7-8a
With unity of Spirit. “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” -Psalm 133:1
With peace. “If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.” -Romans 12:18
If motherhood is one of your vocations, ask yourself these questions: Do I serve my family with lowliness of mind, with meekness, with longsuffering, with forbearance, with love? Do I serve them with the goals of unity and peace in our home? Does the Holy Spirit get called upon consistently for guidance?
If motherhood is not one of your vocations, ask yourself the same questions, inserting your own callings.
Think “chosen for this job” or “entrusted with this assignment.”
And remember… you and I can only “walk worthy of the vocation” that God has called us to – not the vocation of another. Embrace your personalized invitation to God’s individual job description for you! Then, serve Him well!
Serving the King of Kings, Jeri Lynn
“We do not ‘walk worthy of the vocation wherewith we are called’ if we be not faithful friends to all Christians, and sworn enemies to all sin.” – Matthew Henry