A series of homilies on Ephesians.
A homily is “a short talk on a religious or moral topic; a usually short sermon; a lecture or discourse on or of a biblical theme.”
I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians (as well as other passages of Scripture) specifically targeted at reviving families and encouraging and exhorting husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children to do what God has commanded them to do, for if the church is to be revived and the country is to be awakened, the family must be revived first.
TEXT: Ephesians 4:1-3:
1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
A.W. Tozer said, “The average Christian is so cold and contented with his wretched condition that there is no vacuum of desire into which the blessed Spirit can rush in satisfying fullness.”
Leonard Ravenhill said, “When there’s something in the Bible that churches don’t like, they call it ‘legalism.'”
In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “When the Cane Ridge (Kentucky) Revival began in 1800, conviction was often accompanied by weeping, shouting, fainting, or the ‘jerks.’ Crowds met in fields and forests because there were no churches big enough to accommodate them. The ‘camp meeting,’ a familiar American revival tradition, was born at Cane Ridge.”
Today, we will continue looking at what it means to walk worthy of our vocation in Christ. In order to get a fuller picture of what that vocation is, we have been looking at other passages of Scripture which speak of the believer’s vocation or calling. There are eight such passages outside of Ephesians in the New Testament; we looked at six of them already.
The next time a believer’s calling or vocation is mentioned in the New Testament is in Hebrews 3:1-2, which reads, “Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; Who was faithful to him that appointed him.”
The writer calls us “holy brethren” because that is how Jesus views us. He has been speaking of Jesus’ goal to “bring many sons to glory,” that is that many would come to salvation through Him. This is the work that Jesus is engaged in. It is the heavenly calling, and we are also partakers in it. We are working alongside Jesus and Jesus is working through us in the fields that are white unto harvest. As we work, we ought to “consider Christ Jesus.” The word consider means to take notice of, to study with the sight, to fix our eyes upon Him. We are to fix our eyes on Jesus because He is our ultimate example and guide as we seek to fulfill our calling.
Finally, Peter speaks of this calling in 2 Peter 1:10: “Wherefore brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall.”
The Christian is to be diligent about his calling in Christ. Just as one takes his worldly job seriously, the things of Christ ought to be taken seriously more so. What are “these things” that a Christian is supposed to be diligent about cultivating in his life as part of his calling? In verses 5-7 of this chapter, Peter says these things are faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love. These internal traits are just as important as external things such as evangelism, church planting, charity work, etc. These are also a part of our calling. When these things are developing in our inner man, it lets us know that Christ is at work in us, that our calling and election is sure, and that we will not fall by the wayside.
The call of God on our lives as Christians opens us up to great privileges and blessings, but with it comes great responsibility. We must walk worthy of our calling.
Now, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, please keep in mind that the Bible says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” Just pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will. I will be sharing more on the matter of salvation in the next segment of our service which starts in about 5 minutes.
Revival Prayer List
PRAY FOR SPECIFIC FAMILIES
Philippians 4:6 says, “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
help him to get an education
— Sibusiso in South Africa, Newcastle
For him to do well in his inservice training at a company
For her to grow stronger in You;
for her son to stop drinking;
for her other son who is in jail to come home;
for her daughter to stop her adultery;
for her grand children
Heal him of kidney infections and pain or any internal organ problems and heal his whole body, grant him quick recovery, good health and long life
Heal and save her family and resolve all their issues
PRAY FOR CHURCH LEADERS
Paul said in Ephesians 6:18, “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”
Leaders of the Church of the Nazarene
PRAY FOR GOVERNMENTAL LEADERS
1 Timothy 2:1-2 says, “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.”
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Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.