Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. For,
“Whoever would love life
and see good days
must keep his tongue from evil
and his lips from deceitful speech.
He must turn from evil and do good;
he must seek peace and pursue it.
For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous
and his ears are attentive to their prayer,
but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
To this you were called. To what? To this. To this kind of living. Living marked by love and peace, harmony, humility and compassion. A life that returns blessing for insults and speaks the truth. To this kind of life you were called.
Following Jesus is more than a decision. It’s more than an option out of many. This life is a calling. I am called to live for Jesus and reflect His character through my life. During those times when I am not like Jesus – I am not living up to my calling. This calling is more than an invitation… it’s a life-altering event. God has spoken and has allowed me the privilege of becoming like Jesus and representing Him in this world. This calling is not a ‘sometimes’ event or a ‘when I feel like it’ endeavor. This is a calling from God that may be most clearly seen when I don’t feel like it! In my lesser moments is when the power of Christ in me is on display.
Lord Jesus, thank You for this calling to come and follow You. I want to be like You today.