The Best You

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Thursday, August 08, 2019

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Ephesians 4:1

One of my proudest moment in life was watching my daughter receive her undergraduate diplomat. The auditorium where the graduation celebration took place was filled with excited parents, siblings, and friends of these graduates that were so proud of their accomplishments. That experience reminded my baby girl there is greatness in her, and the best of her is yet to come.

The best of you and I is yet to come. Indeed, eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into your heart the things which God has prepared for you. Every now and then, we get a glimpse of our best self. Then we realize that we can be kinder, more loving, more caring, more compassionate, and more godly if we can just get out of our way.

The best 'you' is forgiving, patient, strong, courageous, selfless, and determined. Unfortunately, many of us are preventing the best of us from rising within because of fear, generational curses, hurtful past experiences, and unresolved issues. The Bible is intended to help you bring out the best of 'you' so you can live your best life.

In today's text, Paul exhorts the Christians in Ephesus to live a life worthy of the calling they received in Christ Jesus. He wants them to be completely humble and gentle, be patient, bearing with one another in love. In short, Paul is encouraging them to bring out the best of them.

Our loved ones deserve the best of us. Our colleagues, neighbors, and those in our social circle deserve the best of us. The best of you will make your marriage stronger and your spouse happier. It is the best of you that will make your children more grounded and driven to succeed. The best of you will eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, and take good care of your physical temple so that the Holy Spirit can feel welcome to abide therein.

On this day, I am challenging you and myself to work harder at letting others see the best of us. If we do that, we will be living a life that is worthy of the calling we have received. Our best self is Holy Spirit led and Christ centered. It does not envy, not boastful or arrogant, it endures all things and suffers all things for the sake of Jesus Christ.

Do not wait for a significant illness or unfortunate life-changing event to start showing your best self. The best you should not only be visible when it is convenient. It should be the 'you' people see at all time. I challenge you to take off the mask that you've been wearing. It is time you bring out the best you for people to see and enjoy.

There is more to be gained by showing people the best you, then by limiting the visibility of the best you. Don't be afraid of getting hurt. The best you is strong enough to deal with setbacks and disappointments. It is the best you that will help end racism in this society. The best you will help feed the hungry and care for the poor. The world needs to see the best you right now.

Are you ready to live a life that is ready for the calling you have received? Your calling is to be the hands, the feet, the eyes, the mouth, and the heart of God on earth. People always say that no one has seen God. That is not biblically accurate. We should live in such a way that when people see us, they also see God. For, God is love, unity, justice, and peace. The Bible says that God is inside of us. So when people see us fight for unity, when we take a stand for justice, and promote peace, they are seeing God at work.

Prayer- Blessed Lord, help us this day to live a life that is worthy of the calling we received.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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