As I prepared for a new school year, I pondered upon Paul’s charge to the Ephesians. He says that “I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.” (4:1) What does it mean to live a life worthy of His calling? To be more specific, what is God’s calling for me in this season?
From Ephesians 4: 11-13, I have learned that God desires diversity for His divine purpose. “It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” I aim to live a life pleasing Him by accepting and celebrating differences in people. This is easier said than done. It takes patience to work with people who step on my toes, and it takes humility to see a situation from someone else’ perspective. However, iron sharpens iron and ultimately, I grow, stretch, and learn new knowledge and skills when I work with people, who have different interests, strengths and backgrounds from me. There is enough brokenness everywhere and God desires his children to build harmony and unity. It is much needed in this season of my ministry at school, to build unity, appreciate diversity, and strive towards maturity, as a community of learners.
God’s children are called to serve in their life role and vocation. To serve is a daily commitment to live out the word of God and the will of God.