BY DR. MICHAEL MASANZA
I was recently meditating on Ephesians 4:1, wondering what Paul meant by the statement: “I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called.”
What does it mean to walk a life worthy of any calling?
First, we need to understand what calling Paul was talking about. The clue is in the second verse where he uses the word “therefore”. This means he was talking about something prior to this.
In the preceding chapter, Paul was emphasising that God had a marvellous plan for the gentiles who through the Gospel of Christ had become heirs, together with Israel, sharing in the promise of Christ Jesus (Eph 3:6).
Ephesians 2:10 tells us that, “For we are His masterpiece, created in Christ Jesus for good works.” This is our destiny: we are called to live extraordinary lives.
So how do we measure up to this calling? According to the 2014 census, over 84 percent of the Ugandan population is Christian while 14 percent are Muslim.
So, this percentage of the Ugandan population has been called to walk worthy of the calling, and therefore, be Christ-like in our behaviour and attitude. Unfortunately, as we all know, this is not reflected in our communities.
The likes of Luzira and Muchison Bay prisons are congested with Christians. And Uganda is cited among the most corrupt countries in the world.
The above is a wake-up call to all of us, who have been called to this walk. None of us is immune from temptation.
In his letter to the church at Corinth, Paul said: “Now these things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfilment of the ages has come. So the one who thinks he is standing firm should be careful not to fall” (1 Cor 10:11-12).
But in 1 Cor 10:13 Paul said: “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
Friends, God does not wish that anyone falls. However, it is the choices we make that determine how we walk.
We must determine to walk worthy and not look back. In James 1:12-13 we are told, “Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him. When tempted, no one should say, God is tempting me. For God cannot be tempted by evil.”
The above implies that we need to be the same whether others are looking at us or not. We all know that only a small number of those walking unworthily are caught and the rest escape unseen. But the Lord knows our every action and nothing is hidden from Him. So, let us be determined to walk according to our call as Christians, that we may receive our crowns in the end. That is our destiny.
The writer is the Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology