Ephesians 4: 1-3 (ESV)
1 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility
2 and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the
3 spirit in the bond of peace.
*There are many individuals that have a great calling on their lives and are in expectation of something or clarity from God, yet these same individuals do not even try to give God their all, continue to lean on their own understanding, aren't willing to change how they view others, or are still dabbing in things that are completely outside of His will. How can we be in expectation of a certain lifestyle or desire if we aren't showing enough discipline and seeking knowledge in order to be entrusted with such things? Think about it: If a person desires to be an executive of a company, but refuses to do the right thing on their current job, how can they be entrusted with an advancement? If you want to be an evangelist, but have trouble speaking lovingly to your brothers and sisters in Christ, then who can trust you with impacting the lives of strangers? Or perhaps you want a man or woman of God as a spouse, but yet you can't stop cheating on God or know how to even respect those individuals....The list goes on. We all have a calling on our lives, but those callings take preparation and dedication. Think about how many people have fallen because they weren't fully prepared for what they were seeking and received. Longevity is depicted in the love you display, your mannerism, and your ability to prepare. How are you portraying yourself vs what God called you to be?