Have you every known someone who just “had it all?” The personality, the looks, the physique, the talent. They were smart, they were funny, they were the total package? Deep down inside of each and everyone of us is a huge potential for greatness. Not potential to be the greatest, but potential for greatness! And the truth is, greatness isn't found in the places we spend most of our time looking.
Every member of the body of Christ is valuable. You might not see it yet, but it’s all there! The truth is our value to the Kingdom emerges when we discover our gifting and walk in it faithfully and confidently.
we find our value in what we value
In Ephesians 4:1-3, that's what Paul was referring to when he said:
I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, 2 with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, 3 endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Eph. 4:1-3, NKJ)
The underlying question is what do you value? The answer he is looking for cannot be given in words. He does not want a paper written on it describing your value of the gospel. He doesn’t want us to quote what other people say about the gospel. The answer he is looking for is given in the text. He wants their walk (their life) to be worthy of the gospel.
Here's the message:
Walk worthy of the calling with which you were called
"Walk" means to be "intensely occupied with something." Worthy" comes from the Greek word, Axios meaning to outwardly reflect the internal value or worth we place on the Gospel. "Calling" is an invitation - an invitation that goes all the way back to the disciples. The invitation to "come and follow me." It is literally an invitation “to bear the name,” to wear the name. It's who you’re known as. It’s what you’re known for. Wear the name proudly…Wear it responsibly!
That means showing up, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (NKJ)
If you value it, you will live it!
Here's the Challenge: Think about what it means to live your life in such a way that reflects the value of Christ to you. If the value you place on Christ and Gospel is reflected in how you are living right now, how are you doing?