From: Rich Carlson
Date: October 10, 2019
Subject: It's October 10; Good Morning Union

“I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.”   Ephesians 4:1

I continued this morning through Ephesians and could only get to the first verse of the next chapter before I knew what I was going to write about! After chapter 3’s expansion on understanding the ununderstandable love of God, who is “able to do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine,” Paul challenged them to do two things:

  1. “give Him the glory, for ever and ever,” and
  2. “live a life worthy of the calling you have received.”

Give Him glory, and live like it has impacted my life. THAT appears to be Paul’s conclusion for them then, and for me now! And, as I have said so many times before—If it’s important to God, it’s clear in His word--- he defined what it meant to “live a life worthy of the calling.”

  1. “be completely humble
  2. Be gentle
  3. Be patient
  4. Bear with one another in love
  5. Make every effort to keep unity through peace
  6. Get rid of:
  1. Bitterness
  2. Rage
  3. Anger
  4. Brawling
  5. Slander
  6. Malice
  1. Be kind
  2. Be compassionate
  3. Be forgiving
  4. Be imitators of Christ
  5. Live a life of love.”

If it’s important to God, it’s clear in His word. Discovering the incomprehensible love of God apparently WILL cause a change in my life. I don’t think I even have to force it; I think it is pretty close to a natural result of focusing on grasping God’s love. It doesn’t get me more loved or saved, but something happens when I focus on understanding God’s love; life can just go better.

Have a great day seeking to understand that love,

Pastor Rich

Quote for the day:      “Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.”   CS Lewis

PS        uGather “Celebrating Community in Christ.” This week we welcome Senator Kate Bolz to our gathering. See you @ 10:35 in the church