Brothers and sisters : I, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received,… Ephesians 4:1
A scene from Grey’s Anatomy….
April’s back was against the wall. She was surrounded. The discussion of her fellow hospital residents was all about how they lost their virginity. One specified the date. Another said about a particular place. A young male doctor smiled and stated with whom. A female doctor cited the ambiance. And April? She did not want to jump in into the story telling. But she has to as they pointed all eyes on her. She had to make a script of her own. She started to search for the right words yet she was not successful. So, they concluded she is still a virgin. The scenes which came after this one portrayed her fellow residents teasing and mocking her about her virginity. April wanted to be blend in, in the end, she did not.
It is not clear if April is a Christian or not in the popular TV series. So, let’s not delved into April’s life, let’s turn to ours.
Sometimes, we find ourselves in the same scene – a Gray Anatomy.
- You are looking for news at this website and then your eyes poked at the gossip section of the site. You clicked the link and read several stories of lives of people.
- You are driving and suddenly a lady jogger with a gorgeous body cuts in your path. Instantly, your eyes feed your mind to fantasies you usually enjoy.
- You come home tired and stressed from work. Your child asked for help in her homework and you found a mistake in her math assignment. You raise your voice upon her. She is startled yet you continue to pressure her that she should know this.
- You thought about discussing a person’s life since you thought are pastorally concern. Yeah, you thought. After talking about it for some time, you still have no direction or whatever to handle matters. But you enjoyed discussing someone’s weakness and difficulties for you feel superior.
These are some of the situations where we blend in. We blend in to the situation. We blend in into our natural tendencies. We blend in into the world’s directions and standards. We recognize that there is white and black yet there is an area which is gray in our anatomy. Isn’t it clear it should be clear?
Paul is clear on this. He encouraged the early Christians and is encouraging us – to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received. The life we are called for is to live in the light. The manner we are called for is holiness. Notice Paul’s instruction doesn’t contain any time or place element. He did not say, “to live in a manner worthy of the call you received during Sundays only…”. He did not say, “to live in a manner worthy of the call you received during prayer meetings only…” He did not say, “to live in a manner worthy of the call you received during you feel like it only…” Paul’s teaching is for all times. It is for all situations where we find ourselves. It is for all places where we are at.
We are called to live a life worthy of our calling. And watch out for any Gray Anatomy.