“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”
(Ephesians 4:1–6 ESV)
Paul has spent three wonderful chapters telling us who we are in Christ and all the benefits and blessings the come from being in Him.
Now, he calls us to act like who we really are if indeed we are in Christ Jesus.
To walk worthy of the calling is to walk in a way that reflects the character of God and the heart of God…and we do so in response to what He’s already done, not in hopes of what He may do in the future.
His saving work on our behalf is finished…we cannot add to it, we simply live our lives in response to it.
We are to live and act in such a way that we “maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace”.
You “maintain” what is already present and working.
Paul tells us that despite all the fractures and differences in the “visible” church, the “invisible” church is one people in Him.
In Him there is;
We are one family, with one Father who is absolutely sovereign in all things.
In Christ, our different methods, different theologies, different liturgies and different understandings disappear…until all that can be seen is Him.
We are one family…and we are called to act like it.
Sometimes that means we’re going to have to “bear” with each other, with patience.
We find it difficult to do so at times.
Do it anyway.
That’s how they will know us by our love…