Last time, as we explored the first few verses of Ephesians 4, we were urged to live a life (walk) in a way “worthy of our calling,” in a way that is worthy of having a relationship with Almighty God.
The worthy walk was described in verses 2-3: with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Talk about a Soulshift. Imagine what our families would be like, what our church could be, if we just shifted this much? We would be a powerful witness to the Gospel.
What we didn’t get to when we studied this was how one makes this happen. How does one become humble, gentle, and patient? How do we grow into a people of God who walk worthy of our calling? How do we make that kind of Soulshift? Especially since Jesus is no longer with us physically; since he has ascended to heaven?
The answer to that question? Before Jesus ascended he gave us amazing soul-shifting gifts. These gifts flow from the Holy Spirit and are meant to change us, grow us, and make us like Christ. They make us capable of being brilliant lights in a sin darkened world, but also capable of healing our marriages, being wonderful parents, overcoming sinful habits, and creating Biblical communities of support and care.