Friday, September 23, 2011

A Life Worthy of the Calling

I've been spending a lot of my personal reflection time in Ephesians. I am constantly challenged by Paul's exhortation to live a life worthy of the calling of Christ. This is a challenge for EVERY Christian, not just the hired holy hands, otherwise none as church staff. I think a life worthy of the calling has at least three attributes:

A life worthy of the calling is bathed in prayer. I believe that we are either prayed for or preyed on. I try to share the burdens of my life with my Connection Group and my friends to invite them to help carry the burden. I am also ready to pray for them whenever they need it. I have stopped in many parking lots when somebody asked me to pray about something and prayed then and there. Being worthy of the calling requires we stay close to the caller.

A life worthy of the calling requires we be willing to follow a plan. A plan is never perfect, and certainly the Holy Spirit can adjust it along the way, but I'm a firm believer that if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Sometimes just putting your thoughts down on paper helps you get your head and heart around them so you know better how to establish your life priorities. If you need help Michael Hyatt did a good job with this: Michael Hyatt's Life Plan E-book

Once you are prayed up, and planned well, there must be execution of the plan. A lot of buildings have never been built because nobody ever executed the plans. A lot of lives have failed to be fully lived because the plan wasn't executed. Seth Godin has a great book, Poke the Box, that talks about the importance of starting something. To execute your life plan you have to find somewhere to start!

So, pray, plan, and execute. If you want more about living into your calling to be an apostle, prophet, evangelist, shepherd, or teacher with an article about Eph. 4 and APEST here.
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