“I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beseech you to walk worthily of the calling wherewith ye were called, with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; giving diligence to keep the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:1-3
We, children of God, are chosen before the foundation of the World. Shortly after the disobedience of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, God made a plan of redemption for us, in order to redeem mankind (Gen 3:15) which would come with the dispensation of Grace with Jesus Christ as our Messiah. If the Mosaic Law could save only one person, Jesus would not incarnate himself and live in time or suffer and die on a cross in order to save humanity from the wrath of God. This sacrifice unites us with our father and brakes the wall of separation between us. There is no Jew or Greek, servant or free, male or female: because you are all one in Jesus Christ (Ga 3:28). Consequently, the Gentiles have a part in the heritage, and in the same body and in the same hope in Christ through the good news. They become co heirs of Christ by having the same father.
Becoming Children of God does not prevent us from experimenting persecution, suffering and hardship. Oftentimes as children of God, we are asked to go to the other other side, in the deep water to receive formation sessions by God himself. Jesus made it clear when He said to his disciples, if any man would come after me, let him give up all, and take up his cross and come after me. While being incarcerated, Paul encourages us to walk in unity as children of God by forgiving one another and not proceeding with vengeance. Here, Paul is encouraging us to let all bitter, sharp and angry feeling, evil words and all other unkind acts to be separated from us and to be kind to one another, have forgiveness for one another, even as God in Christ had forgiveness for us. Humility, long-suffering, bearing with one another in love should be evident in the earthly life of all children of God. By these, all will acknowledge that we are disciples of Christ. In addition, Paul urges us to keep the harmony of the spirit in the yoke of peace. For we have the same Father and Savior, Jesus Christ, the same counselor, the Holy spirit, the same provisioning source, the Bible and the same destination, Heaven (John 14:1-3). We as children of God have a duty to “walk worthy of the vocation wherewith in which we are all called.” We all have a responsibility to live not for ourselves but for God, so that we can shine for him at all times.
The Rev. Jean G. Blaise is the pastor of Zion Baptist Church of Stoughton, 414 Sumner St. He may be reached at 781-971-0202 or at http://zionbaptistchurch1.org