Wednesday, May 31

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 4:1-6

4 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

 

Reflection

“Remember who you are.” I heard those words in my teen years,

most often when I was leaving the house. It was my parents’ way of

telling me to behave like the person they taught me to be. I always

thought it would be easier to remember who I wasn’t. I wasn’t the

person who came in after curfew. I wasn’t the one who talked back

to teachers (except once.) I certainly wasn’t the one who got into

fights at school. I admit I was not close to being perfect, but I was a

well-behaved child. It took me a while though to realize that

“remember who you are” meant more than just avoiding bad

behavior.

The Bible puts this parental advice another way: “Lead a life

worthy of the calling to which you have been called” (Ephesians

4:1b.) This passage in Ephesians describes the “worthy” life not by

saying what behaviors to avoid, but by lifting up characteristics of a

follower of Jesus—humility, gentleness, and patience; staying in

relationship with others.

I smile now when I remember hearing those words—remember who

you are. Like I could ever forget. I can’t remember where I first

heard it, but later, I learned something even more important.

Remember WHOSE you are. Remember who you belong to. We

belong to the “one God and Father of all, who is above all and

through all, and in all” (Ephesians 4:6.) Knowing that we are God’s

beloved and forgiven children we can come closer to actually living

the lives that are worthy of our calling.

 

often I am not

close to humble or gentle

show me, Lord, that way

often I have no

patience, tolerance at all

thankfully You do

Amen.

 

Written by Pastor Pam Mitcham

Pastor of Community Care

pmitcham@stjohns-springfield.org