Biblical Understanding of Calling and Character
We each have a specific calling and purpose ordained by God. In order to be successful at our calling in life, we must first determine exactly what it is and develop the character to maintain it. Calling and character go hand in hand. God not only gives us calling and purpose, but He also gives us the grace and ability to fulfill it.
Many believers have good character, but they have no purpose for that character. They are good people, yet they are not really making any difference in the world around them. If you want to change the world, you must be more than “good.” You must have a calling and a purpose to focus that “good” onto. There are also other believers who don’t have character but have a calling and purpose. They begin to do amazing things and can even affect thousands of people, but after a while, their character lacks so the enemy begins to use that vulnerability, causing the most powerful leaders to fall.
Ephesians chapter 4 is an amazing chapter that connects both Calling and Character.
Eph 4:1 “I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called,” In this first verse, the Apostle Paul is making it very clear that calling and character go hand in hand. He says, walk in a manner that is “worthy” of your call. But what is the call? We continue on in the passage to find out!
Eph 4:2-6 “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. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” To live with lowliness, gentleness, longsuffering, bearing with one another in love – this is all about character, but what is the call? In verse 3, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Then it goes into saying there is only one body, one Spirit etc. What is Paul asking us to be diligent about? To be diligent and preserve the unity of faith. What does this mean? Preservation denotes conserving something that is already established. To preserve something implies that it is already there. As the body of Christ (1Cor 12), as a believer and member of the church, you’re not fighting and using energy to create unity, you’re not trying to create something, you’re trying to preserve it. The bible says that there is only one body, one Lord, one God, and one Jesus Christ who died for our sins. As we go into Him, we are all in Him. There’s one body, there is a unity. You cannot separate Christ, and you can’t divide Him. We are not fighting to create unity, we are being diligent to preserve it. There already is a unity; do not fall for the attacks and the lies of the enemy that try to get you to work and fight for something that you already have.
What does it mean to preserve the unity? It connects well with the ministry we’ve been given according to 2 Corinthians chapter 5 verses 18-19, “Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. ”
He gave us the ministry of reconciliation. He came not to count your trespasses against you, but to remove them, so we may be reconciled back to God. He brought forgiveness, healing, and empowerment. Our call is the same. We are called not to judge people and focus on their sin. We are to look past their problems and sin into their potential and into who God has really called them to be. We’re always showing the truth in love so that you can reconcile them to God.
This ties perfectly into what the gift of prophecy is about. 1 Corinthians chapter 14 says, “desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy” He speaks of spiritual gifts but says there’s one gift you need to strive for especially, “that you may prophesy.” Verse 3 of chapter 14 in Corinthians says, “he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men.” These are all things that build a person up, and again, bring about reconciliation.
In conclusion, we all have a calling in our lives. A purpose so to speak. We must walk worthily in this call so as to persevere and succeed at all of our endeavors. . We have been called to preserve unity, and to build the body of Christ through the ministry of reconciliation. We are to disciple people, teach them, baptize them, and we are to do this through the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit was given to us to spread the gospel, heal the sick, and cast out demons thereby freeing those who have been enslaved by the devil. We are called to equip. This is our calling and how it manifests will look different according to the gifts we each have. We must, therefore, learn to walk worthy of it. Each day we must put on our new self (Eph 4:24), which is living by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God (Matt 4:4).