There is so much in this passage to ponder. Such as:
“Lead a life worthy of the calling with which you have been called.”
When people call us to do something, they generally believe we can do it. And if they give tangible expression to that by helping us succeed, well, I'm going to try my hardest not to let them down.
Of course God has not just called us, but invested his very Spirit in us. What does it mean for you and I to live in such a way that we don’t let Him down?
Or “Make every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit…”
It’s the every effort part that really gets me. When somebody does something that causes division between us, I’ll probably do enough to at least feel like I’ve done my part to heal the rift or make things right again. But every effort? That’s a tall order.
So...any divisions or rifts or hard feelings in your life and in mine that we might work a little harder on healing?
Or “We must grow up in every way to him who is the head, into Christ…”
Once again there is that little word “every”. Grow up in every way into Christ as our head. That means letting Christ be the Ultimate Authority in our lives. Allowing His life to set the standard for our lives. Embracing his teaching as the last word, the final say.
Are there areas—maybe just one or two—in your life and in mine that are lived outside the authority of Christ as our head? Will we do anything about that?
I think I’ll stop there. That gives me, at least, plenty to work on…