In today’s sermon text we’re told in Ephesians 4:1-2, “Walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love.” I would like to share with you how I have seen you walk worthy of your call.
1. Humility: You have humility in droves. I have seen little to no struggle with pride in most of you. You know what Christ saved you from; you know that it was all of grace; and you know the thankfulness for His work, rather than the pride that comes with self-effort. Humility realizes that Christ is the only thing we can boast in (Gal 6:14).
2. Gentleness: I have heard horror stories from fellow pastors as to how poorly they have been treated. But whenever you have had a point of contention or disagreement you have shown me the kind of gentleness that Paul calls you to here. It’s humbling and encouraging to me. As I see your good example in this, I pray fervently that God would grant me the power to walk in that example.
3. Patience: You have been so long-suffering with me as you have allowed me the time and chance to learn to be your pastor. I have not always done right, or what you would like, but you have patiently endured. We’re on this journey together: sometimes I lag behind; sometimes you do. Thank you for waiting for me to catch up.
4. Forbearing Love: I am not always the easiest to get along with: I’m particular; I’m at times immovable; I can be difficult. Thank you for forbearing with me and with other members of this body, particularly when we act in selfish ways. Thank you for your gentle and patient reproof as you forbear.
I daily thank God that He would be so merciful as to me to give me a church family such as you. Hallelujah and praise be to Him!