“As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.”  Eph 4:1

Axios is the Greek word for “worthy”.  Axios literally means “weighing as much as”.  It is a word that is designed to bring an image to our mind.  And that image is that of a balancing scale.

Paul is exhorting the church in Ephesus “to live a life WORTHY of the calling you have received.”

On one side of this balancing scale is God’s calling.  On the other side is our living.  Paul is painting a profound picture of the Christian life.

The call of God that we have received in heavy.  Heavy with life, with love, with grace, with goodness, with purpose, with hope, with joy.  The call we have received is to actually receive God Himself-  in us and with us.

The question is:

Is our life heavy with the life of God?

Does our living balance with the calling we have received?

Are we living the life to which we have been summoned?

Are we, in all reality, being the people God has called us to be?

A scale is a dynamic thing.  Constantly prone to change.  Never fully at rest.  Always seeking balance.  So it is with following Jesus- dynamic, changing, exciting.  Always seeking to live into this wonderful, heavy life.

1 Comment

  1. Ron Harper April 13, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Maintaining Balance –
    I’ve learned from experience on this one, both physically, mentally, and spiritually. I may be off on this but I don’t think we were meant to go 120mph all the time. The key is balance, balance in one’s life with relationships and growth physically, intellectually, and spiritually. The three big questions people have to ask themselves relate to their purpose, identifying their giftedness (and using it), and what legacy they want to leave. I have also learned that one’s giftedness can be a disability if carried to an extreme if it is not tempered with the wisdom of balance. For example, I love to teach. Teaching is a major gift for me but if my devotion to the teaching gift and its use dominates other aspects of my life I sometimes suffer without seeing the changes. Like high blood pressure we can lable this “the silent killer.” I have to be careful so other aspects of my personal growth are not short changed. I saw a commercial the other day and one of the participants made a comment indicating he would “bleed for the company.” That phrase is becoming a mantra for those being described as fully devoted above all else to their organization. That’s the rub, “above all else.” I have seen organizations and where leaders rationalize or justify their extreme behaviors and can’t rest for one minute. Really? Some of these same leaders speak to relationship development but neglect their own. Balance is the key and that’s something we need to work on everyday.

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