1 I [ego] therefore, [oun] the prisoner [desmios] of [en] the Lord, [kurios] beseech [parakaleo] you [humas] that ye walk [peripateo] worthy [axios] of the
vocation [klesis] wherewith [hos] ye are called, [kaleo] KJV-Interlinear
therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, entreat you to walk in a manner worthy of
the calling with which you have been called, NASB
Therefore, and as Paul herein states, therefore, because of the tremendous privileges and opportunities that God has made available to each and every person, including you.
Paul is the prisoner. And typically you think of a prisoner as being a bad thing. But when it is being confined to truth, driven by truth, governed by the rules of truth, then it is a good thing. And Paul is totally engulfed by truth.
Jesus Christ is truth and Jesus Christ is the Lord and sovereign over all things. The God-man, the unique person of the universe, the one who has given each one of us life and opportunity for a phenomenal life for all of eternity.
It is we, each one of us, who never even existed until God invented us in eternity past and included us in His divine plan, who created us at the moment of our birth, and has sustained us throughout our life in this world, despite all of the many enemies that exist in life, that are bent on the destruction of humanity in general, and yet your life has continued, because God keeps you here, having given you the opportunity to get your act together and prepare yourself for eternity.
You, who were nothing, and now have the opportunity to be joined with Christ as joint heir of the new universe to come, a vast expanse that will be far better and far beyond our ability to even begin to imagine its composition.
Because of these many things and more, Paul beseechs you, pleads with you, warns, give fair notice, calls you to attention, to pay attention and give yourself over to a daily study in the very things that will decide your entire eternal future.
God has given you a calling, a vocation, a job, a destiny, a future, one in which you cannot get anywhere else, one in which this world cannot provide or match or compete.
Of all that exists in your life, your first priority should be to get prepared for Gods purpose. But unfortunately too many people ignore Gods purpose.
There is nothing wrong with whatever is your chosen vocation, but remember that your vocation is merely a part of the vast system of logistics that allows you to get along in this life. And while your vocation sustains you, you also have an obligation to prepare yourself in your spiritual life.
God put together the economic systems that exist in this world as a part of the vast support mechanism called divine establishment designed to sustain life and counter the vast evils of the world, so that you can study and learn and grow up in your spiritual life.
And for what purpose?
To fulfill and complete your life for all of eternity.
God holds in His two hands two vastly different rewards. In the one hand is a treasure of gold and jewels the size of a mountain, whose value is beyond calculation. In the other hand is a bucket of doggie doo-doo. Choose!
Golly, it is so difficult to make a decision.
But unfortunately that difficulty proves to be a huge barrier for most of the worlds population. They cannot decide, because they lack doctrine, because they lack understanding, because they lack learning, because they simply will not study or accept the teaching of the word of God. So they are undecided, and consequently fail to make the right choice.
So, Paul pleads with all who read these words.
Walk, take a proactive approach, do that which God mandates and pursue your destiny by means of a daily study of the Word of God. That is your true vocation and purpose in life. All else remains in a support position to that primary objective, responsibility and obligation.
But then, when will you figure that out? Will you figure it out? Begin and stick with a daily study, so that when Christ offers you your reward in hand, you will receive the better choice.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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