When I was in sixth grade—the only year I went to public school—I earned an award in my Language Arts class. It was called the Edger Allen Poe Award for Excellence, and it was given to the most promising young writer in the grade.
In the eyes of most, it probably wasn’t the most prestigious award imaginable, but I remember how proud I was to hold it in my hands and how validated I felt that someone besides my parents had seen potential in my stories. From that day forward, I felt the intense drive to be worthy of that award. That was (somehow???) fifteen years ago, and I still take out that piece of pumpkin-orange paper every now and then, smooth out the creases, and let the feelings from that day fill me again—the day eleven-year-old Renee felt the calling on her life to become an author, and decided she would prove herself worthy of it.
My understanding of what it means to walk worthy of that calling on my life has changed shape over the years. I’ve often wished that the Poe Award came with a list of things I could do or ways I could behave that would instantly show I was walking worthy of it!
While that may not be the case for my calling as a writer—I just gotta walk that one out and figure it out as I go!—I have another calling on my life that I am beyond equipped for. And SO DO YOU!
All Christians have a calling to the Body of Christ as members in particular, as brothers and sisters bound together by Jesus, our peace. We are called to embrace and express the love of God to the world. We are called to be living epistles and examples to the lost. And we are given a snapshot of how to do it, too!
Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all humility and meekness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3being diligent to keep the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace. 4There is one body and one spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling, 5one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
Because we have been given a noble calling, the highest commission in the world, we are also bidden to conduct ourselves in a way that is a credit to our calling. Our demeanor with one another and with those around us is part of our living testimony. When we treat one another with the love of Christ—with humility, meekness, patience, and so on—we are accurately representing Jesus.
And it is then that we are truly walking in a manner worthy of our calling, in a way that exalts God and proves that we are His!