I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called (Ephesians 4:1).
The Christians calling in Christ is a high calling. Since we are encouraged to walk in a manner worthy of this calling, it behooves us to make careful study of it, lest our lifestyle bring reproach to the One who has called us. Consider the following sampling of the uses of this important word:
First, the calling is of God and irrevocable (Romans 11:29). We are called by His grace (Galatians 1:15) and into the grace of Christ (Galatians 1:6). We are called out of darkness and into His marvellous light (I Peter 2:9). Furthermore, we are called to be saints (Romans 1:7). He has called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace (II Timothy 1:9). We are partakers of the heavenly calling (Hebrews 3:1), and in response, we should press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:14).
The New Testament writers as well mention many things to which we are called. We are called unto the fellowship of His Son Jesus Christ our Lord (I Corinthians 1:9). We are called unto liberty (Galatians 5:13) and are now free to serve one another, even though it means accepting the call to suffering. For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow His steps (I Peter 2:21). The eternal life, whereunto thou art also called may not come easily, for it involves the good fight of faith (I Timothy 6:12). We are called to glory and virtue (II Peter 1:3), even His eternal glory by Christ Jesus (I Peter 5:10), for we are called the sons of God (I John 3:1). Give diligence to make your calling and election sure (II Peter 1:10). JDM