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

Ephesians 4:1 (NIV)

Sometimes I don’t feel like I’m living a life worthy of the calling I’ve received. Quite frankly, I sometimes wonder if what I think I’m doing in the Lord is what I’m supposed to be doing. I look around me at people who came to know the Lord when I did and I see them with their successful lives and marriages while I don’t see that in my life. I look around and it’s hard for me to see the good fruit in my life, and I feel like giving up.

Then I remember that success in the world doesn’t mean success in Christ. I think about the fruits of the Holy Spirit, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. I realize I have these fruits in my life.

As I was reading Paul’s letter to the Ephesians today, I was encouraged. Here are some of the verses that stood out to me.

For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.

Ephesians 1:4 (NIV)

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)

If God prepared works for us to do in Christ Jesus, then we really don’t need to worry or be concerned, in any way, about doing the work that God has set forth for us to do. If we are indeed saved, these doors will be open for us to walk through. God will open these doors, and He will prepare us to walk through them.

Since I was feeling a little discouraged, I asked the Lord, “Why?” He told me I took my eyes off of Him for a moment to look around. It’s easy, when we take our eyes off of God, to be distracted by the things of this world. Fortunately, like Peter, we can cry out to Him, and He’ll lift us back up.

Do you know God? God knows you, and He loves you. He sees you as significant because you are. No one is insignificant to Him. He’s with you today, right now, and He wants you to know Him. Jesus died for your sins and mine so we could be free of guilt, be freed from death, and live eternally with Him. Eternal salvation is just a prayer away.

Pray this prayer with me to accept the gift of salvation today:

Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe You died for my sins and rose from the dead. I turn from my sins and invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as my Lord and Savior. Amen.

If you prayed that prayer, then congratulations! You are on the first step of a brand new life. Allow me to be the first to welcome you to my family, the family of God. There are abundant resources available online for new Christians. You can visit here for more information on what to do next. You can also leave me a comment, and I’ll do my best to help you on the next step of this incredible journey.