He started out talking about walking worthy of the vocation; the one you were called to do. He goes on to describe, just how one should walk; how they should go about it. The first thing we hear, is the word, “lowliness.” One describes it as, lowliness of mind; and then comes the next word, “meekness.” It’s also interpreted as unselfishness, gentleness and mildness. Then, we’re instructed to walk, with longsuffering and patience. It sounds like, this is the way one acts, if they are worthy.
It’s the next part that has given me much cause to study and consider. I think we likely know the definition for the endeavoring. It means, to have a conscientious or concerted effort toward an end; an earnest attempt to achieve or gain something. Then it comes, “to keep the unity of the Spirit.”
If I can be real, my first thought was, I didn’t know the Spirit had unity; but of course it does. It’s not talking about fleshly unity among ourselves; which itself, is quite seldom these days. It doesn’t take long, to realize that the first part of this text, is talking about walking worthy of your vocation; but, it also goes right in to talking about us walking, in the fruit of the Spirit.
On the day of Pentecost, those one hundred and twenty souls were waiting on the Holy Ghost. Jesus declared, that they were going to get it and to go and wait for it. We know they were in one mind and of one accord.
I don’t believe they were just sitting there socializing and talking about all of the visitors in town. I think they were praying; they were praying for the Spirit to come and do what they were told He would do. All of them were together alright; but it ‘s not talking about the group being in unity. It is talking about the Spirit.
I fully realize today, that if the Spirit does not give us the ability to discern what this writer was trying to say here, we won’t get it. It will have to come from the Spirit. We have to think, in the Spirit.
One thing I do know, there is no true unity, without the Spirit.
And we can be certain, that if people are not doing everything they can to follow the leading of the Spirit, there is an absence of unity.
In this journey, even more so today, the only way to get in perfect harmony, is to be in the Spirit. If we walk after or in the flesh, we cannot discern things of the Spirit; it is foolishness, to the carnal person. The only real way to find out what we need to do, in any situation, whether it be at home or in a church service, is to get in the Spirit.
When the Spirit operates, things are truly together; they move together, they flow together; wonders are accomplished; in moments.
When we wait for the Holy Ghost and we work with the Holy Ghost, we witness, just how unified, how absolutely on target, how instantly focused He actually is. Knowing exactly what to do, and when; His timing and way of performing, is beyond our words; unspeakable.
It says here, that we are to do every thing we can, to keep that together. There’s the last words; in the bond of peace. It’s another fruit, that comes as a result of keeping that unity found in the Spirit, and not letting it go. And such a peace it is. An unbreakable bond. Once you experience it, you can never be the same.
Walk in Unity
“I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you] all” Ephesians 4:1-6.