“I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called” (Ephesians 4:1).
To be mature and spiritually stable Christians we must commit ourselves to live according to God’s will. This in turn means that we must get God’s perspective on our lives rather than seeing everything through fleshly eyes.
Paul, the Prisoner of the Lord
The epistle to the Ephesians was written while Paul was imprisoned in Rome. From an earthly point of view he was Caesar’s prisoner, but he saw himself as the prisoner of Christ. He had the ability to see God’s hand in all that was happening.
Far too often we act and think very different to Paul. We look at everything from a carnal level. We worry about what it is going to cost the flesh if we truly live for the Lord. Because we fail to be spiritually minded we miss what God may be trying to teach us in any given situation. Also, because of this, we do not use the opportunity to give praise and glory to God. Mature believers have God’s perspective on life.
Paul says, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5.) Such heavenly mindedness is the way for Christians to live and grow in the Lord. The more we become spiritually minded, the more we will see our faith grow. In a very real sense, we are allowing Christ to truly be the Lord of our lives.
David wrote, “I have set the LORD always before me: because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope” (Psalm 16:8-9.) To recognise God’s presence in one’s life is a sign of spiritual maturity, and it brings with it peace and joy.
All things work together for good
As we see, Paul was not preoccupied with personal sufferings. He could have easily plunged into a wilderness state, but instead he turned the situation around as a cause for rejoicing and giving honour to God. He wrote to the Philippians, “But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel; So that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace, and in all other places; And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear” (Philippians 1:12-14.) Basically he was saying, “We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28.)
We must believe that nothing happens to us that God does not already know about. He knows what is best for us, so instead of letting life’s dilemmas get us down, let us see things from God’s point of view. Walking worthy includes the fact that God can transform our outlook on life. Only He can direct the course of our lives.