“I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,”
King James Version (KJV)
jason's comment on 2020-09-17 10:08:19:
a vocation is your work
Mishael on Discipleship's comment on 2020-07-01 16:52:40:
Jesus said to His Disciples: Come. Follow Me.
For all those men it meant giving up everything. Peter was married and had children. Matthew was a prosperous tax collector.
Not many people in 2020 want to do that. We're not used to giving up anything. Look how we handle loss due to Co-vid.
If our Churches don't reopen then everyone needs to support a radio, tv, or streaming ministry. God sees. It's all wide open.
We are to follow Jesus. He can't teach us on the road like he did His disciples. (On job training)
But we've Got our Bibles! We are to study to show ourselves approved unto God. Read Whole Books at a time. Buy a concordance to find things faster.
Concentrate on how to talk with people about their sins: have you ever told a lie? Stolen something? Coveted your neighbors riding lawn mower? His house? His wife?
If we even break one commandment, we are guilty of all 10. Sin is supposed to sting like ant bites.
If you just get a few people saved; you have followed the Master, Jesus.
Paul was a prisoner because he was a servant of the Lord. Walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called. They had been called to a glorious calling, as he had shown in chapter 3. The Christian has been called to the highest calling with which man has ever been honored.
Pray to the Lord of the Harvest. To be brought to "divine appointments". Ask the Lord to allow angelic protection and support.
Pray before you go and pray for everyone you met or prayed for.
You may meet A "disciple" want to be. Meet them at McDonalds or Taco Bell till you get to know them better. Invite them to church.
It's good to take a baby lamb to a Pastor/ Shepherd.
Ask the Holy Spirit to bless your evangelizing work. Thank Him for HELPing you recall scriptures.
Jesse's comment on 2020-07-01 14:56:26:
Pastor, you can substitute the vocation with calling. Paul is giving instruction and the call to the Gentiles.
He says that you walk worthy of the vocation, or calling, wherewith you are called. None of us are worthy from a human standpoint. But the Greek word for worthy means balanced, or equal. You go down to the marketplace and put an item on one of the balances, and you would put money on the other side until it equals out. And that's how much the item is worth, and that's how much you pay for it in the marketplace.
He's saying live worthy of your calling. This is important for Gentiles. It's our problem more so than the Jews. The Jewish people are already religiously disciplined. Their problem is that they cannot let go of the old religious discipline to function in the newness of the Spirit of God. But they're still disciplined!
When a Gentile gets saved, the Gentile comes into the church and he only has one focus. I got saved, I'm going to heaven, and I'm spending some fellowship with my brothers and sisters. But Paul says wait a minute, you have to come out of paganism. You can't just bring that into the church and make everything the same.
So the Gentile has a problem. We have to come out of the pagan lifestyle, out of the old life that we used to live, and walk in a whole new life. Many people are taught that you receive Jesus and you take Him with you as you continue on in your life, instead of receiving Christ and becoming a new creation, leaving off from the old and walking in the new.
Some in the ministry don't even understand that. They bring paganism, the lifestyle of the Gentiles into the church because the Gentiles won't come unless we have things there for them that they used to have before. Many churches have to bring something into the church in order to keep people entertained, or else they get bored. So they bring the things of the world into the church to attract the Gentile. They won't tell you to repent and leave it behind!
Pastor Frensley's comment on 2020-06-30 22:11:01:
Eph 4:1What does the word vocation mean in this verse?