Ephesians 4:1-3—I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Paul was imprisoned for preaching, “Jesus is Lord”, but he was also of his own volition a prisoner to the will of God. He found that being a prisoner of God’s will was a far greater freedom than any “freedom” he could find in the world. He was freed from the subtle control of evil. Since he lived an example of surrender to God, he could ask his converts to do the same. It is a matter of living a life worthy of the great calling we have received. As Christians, you have a calling that is greater than any secular calling. You are to represent the nature of God to the world you come in contact with. You are called to be a priest to the world that does not know or understand what God is like. Every word you speak and every action you make as a Christian is interpreted by unbelievers as a representation of what a child of God looks like. That is why Paul urges us to live a life that measures up to the calling. That life looks like Jesus, completely humble and gentle, patient, bearing with one another in love. When unbelievers see Christians act like the world, they conclude that their message is not authentic. When they see us fight amongst ourselves, split up our fellowship, refuse to humble ourselves and take the lowest place, they certainly do not see something representative of our Savior. We keep telling them that He will make a difference in their lives, but they won’t believe it until they see it in us. Paul emphasized this expression of Christ’s likeness in our relationship with other believers. We have the same Lord, the same faith, the same baptism, so why are we arguing over the trivial issues? Pride! We insist on being the one who is right. The humility and gentleness of Christ is the last thing we are willing to exhibit. Consider how many things around Jesus He refused to address because they were not essential.