THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
Many years ago, when I was in training at Keesler AFB, we had exercise time each morning.
We had to complete 4 exercises and run a mile in under 15 min.
For most of us, it was relatively easy.
I was finished in under 9 minutes each day.
However, there was ONE man who beat me on the mile run EVERY day!
Finally, on the last day, I determined to outrun him.
I strained with every nerve.
Just as we finished the 3rd lap, I put all I had into it!
And, I crossed the finished line about 5 yards ahead of him!
I walked over to my Captain and said, “I DID it!”
Then I PASSED OUT!
1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
When we surrender to Christ it is as a “prisoner of the Lord!”
And, we are called to “walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye (we) are called.”
We do that by building character within.
And the character we are to build is:
“lowliness” - humility;
“meekness” - exercising self-discipline, keeping power under control;
“longsuffering” - coping with the difficulties of life;
“forbearing” - learning to get along with others in the “love” of Christ.
It is indeed difficult to continue building that character!
That's why we are called to be “endeavouring” – straining with every nerve!!
The “vocation wherewith ye are called” is to be a messenger of the Gospel of Christ.
We cannot be effective messengers unless we live and act in “the unity of the Spirit and the bond of peace!”
Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.