The Way to Live

This is such excellent advice, for church and for life.  A real model of how we can, and should, live.  It seems impossible to read this passage and not come in confession for how far from it I am.

By Shepherd Gallery via Wikimedia Commons

Ephesians 4:1-16 (CEV)

Unity with Christ

As a prisoner of the Lord, I beg you to live in a way that is worthy of the people God has chosen to be his own. Always be humble and gentle. Patiently put up with each other and love each other. Try your best to let God’s Spirit keep your hearts united. Do this by living at peace. All of you are part of the same body. There is only one Spirit of God, just as you were given one hope when you were chosen to be God’s people. We have only one Lord, one faith, and one baptism. There is one God who is the Father of all people. Not only is God above all others, but he works by using all of us, and he lives in all of us.

Christ has generously divided out his gifts to us. As the Scriptures say,

“When he went up
    to the highest place,
he led away many prisoners
    and gave gifts to people.”

When it says, “he went up,” it means that Christ had been deep in the earth.10 This also means that the one who went deep into the earth is the same one who went into the highest heaven, so that he would fill the whole universe.

11 Christ chose some of us to be apostles, prophets, missionaries, pastors, and teachers, 12 so that his people would learn to serve and his body would grow strong. 13 This will continue until we are united by our faith and by our understanding of the Son of God. Then we will be mature, just as Christ is, and we will be completely like him.

14 We must stop acting like children. We must not let deceitful people trick us by their false teachings, which are like winds that toss us around from place to place. 15 Love should always make us tell the truth. Then we will grow in every way and be more like Christ, the head 16 of the body. Christ holds it together and makes all of its parts work perfectly, as it grows and becomes strong because of love.

Lord,
I am so far
from what you call me to be,
so far
from what you ask of me,
so far from your ideal.

I am not humble
and gentle,
I can be rough
in thought and word,
and think first of myself.

I’m not very patient
or good at putting up with things,
I make demands
of you,
of others,
of myself,
wholly unreasonably
and inappropriately.

My ways
do not always show love,
I bury it well,
or forget it all together
and work from less fine motives.

I don’t live in peace.
I cause strife
and discomfort,
disabling others
from finding peace
because I don’t have it.

I forget
that we are all one body,
that we need each other
to work well;
I am not a one person band,
but need others for my wholeness,
who also need me
for theirs.

I forget that you are my hope,
I try to fix things myself,
be my own saviour
and bypass you.

I overlook the gifts of others,
what you have called them to be,
the ways we can all work together.
That though we all work differently,
we all work for you.

Oh,
but I am so good
at acting like a child…

I am so sorry
for all have got wrong.

May I not be blown about
in the breeze,
may I cling to you
and your ways,
hold to your truth,
together,
always together
in you.

Let love hold us,
grow us,
teach us
in you.

This song links this to tomorrows post on John 6:24-35

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