Ephesians 4:1-3 (ESV): 1I 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.
The heart of these three verses, Ephesians 4:1-3, addresses our calling. And they emphasize our living in a way that is worthy of that calling. God himself has called us personally. What does this mean? A sense of calling is a strong sense of the presence and action of God in the depths of our spirits. It is more than feelings; it is a commitment, an orientation of our whole lives. It is yielding to the experience of being shaped and directed by God for the sake of our love of God and our service to others.
A sense of calling will help sustain us in the ups and downs of life and help us make sense of both the delights and the disappointments life brings. It provides an organizing and stabilizing center. Daily life in God is still daily life, and it will certainly involve times of inspiration and affirmation, but it will also involve frustrations and trials—yes, even that great bane of life: boredom. But knowing that we are called by God, developing a deep sense of the presence and action of God, will provide us with a deep sense of how exciting and dynamic the spiritual journey is. And we have the amazing assurance that “for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” (Roman 8:28).