1 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:1-3 NIV)
I grew up in Duncan, Oklahoma. Duncan was, and still is, a small town. There was nothing that united our small town like the Duncan Demon football team. As a young kid I would go to the games on Friday night and dream of the day I would be able to play for the Demons. Then the day came when I moved from Middle School to High School and had my first work-out with the team. Ray Hall was the Head Coach of our team and I will never forget how, in that first practice, he gathered all of us together and told us what it meant to wear the uniform of the Duncan Demons. By the time Coach Hall was finished I felt like he had put the baton in my hand and I was now being expected to carry on the rich tradition and winning ways of those who had gone before me.
Coach Hall continued to give those speeches throughout the years I played for Duncan. There was never a young man who played for Coach Hall that did not know the importance of giving it their all…no excuses, no matter what. When we would go on the road he would tell us, “Remember who you are and who you are representing.” We were part of a cause much bigger than any one of us. Those lessons stuck with me long after I finished playing football for the Duncan Demons. Coach Hall left a deep impression on my life, but the impression he left is nothing compared to the impression left on my life by my Savior who calls to me–“Remember who you are and who you are representing.”
Paul wrote to the Ephesians and said, “I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.” I am part of a cause much bigger than me. I am a part of a cause much bigger than the mission of a high school football team. I am a part of the cause, the mission, of my King. My daily passion, my one mission in life, should be to represent Him well. How am I do that? Well, Paul gives me some insight. He says, “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”
How different our community would be if we, the Body of Christ, would live for our King! How different our nation would be if all of God’s people gave it their all–no excuses, no matter what. I willingly made great sacrifices to do what Coach Hall asked of me while I was playing football for him. Why would I not do at least as much for my King who made the ultimate sacrifice for me?
My prayer today, Lord, is that I would live a life that is worthy of the high calling You have placed on my life.