I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:1-3
The Christmas season is here and we eagerly await that special day commemorating the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. It is the fact that Jesus came to this earth, lived a perfect life, was crucified for our sins and rose again that makes life worth the living. This joyous time of the year is a perfect time to reflect on our lives and how we are living them. Are we living for our own gain for what is in it for us or are we living a life that is worthy of the calling of Jesus Christ?
Today, I want to tell you about a man who truly lived his life for Christ and indeed walked worthy of the calling of Jesus Christ. Gene Brockman served God all of his life and when his course in life was finished God called him home. It is like Paul said in 2 Timothy 4:7- 8: “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing”.
Gene was a gentle, caring man who had a heart for those who didn’t know Jesus Christ as their Savior. Once he even traveled half way around the world to give out God’s Word and share about Jesus. He also desired that Christians would grow in their walk with the Lord. When he taught a class he often challenged those in attendance to be obedient to the Lord and grow through studying God’s word and praying. His passion for the Lord was contagious and often thought provoking as his words struck a cord that we should do more for the Lord. Although he did a great deal in the church and the community, it was usually low-key and not often known to others.
As an attorney for many years, he was a champion for the underdog and never compromised his integrity. As a result, others, many in his own profession who wanted his advice, often sought him out.
Watching the movie, “It’s A Wonderful Life”, I thought about the main character, George Bailey. More than once he put aside his own wants and desires to help others. When he was given the chance to see what the world would be like if he had never been born he saw how much he impacted the lives of others. Even though he never saw the world or built great buildings or bridges, he helped build the lives of others who needed his help.
In the closing scene, the people of the community turned out to help George in his own time of need. They were grateful for all that George had done and now they had an opportunity to give back to him. Do we respond to others when there is a need?
What if you had never been born? How do you think the world would be different without you? While we don’t have the privilege of finding out, we need to realize that each of us affect those around us whether it is for good or bad. It is important to follow the example of those who went before us to live a life that is worthy of God’s calling.
It seems as though the Christmas season usually brings out the best in most people as they are caught up in the spirit of “peace on earth, good will toward men”. This spirit of good will needs to continue all year long. Living a life worthy of God’s calling is a gift we can give back to God. After all, He gave the greatest gift ever given: His one and only Son, Jesus Christ”.
Hebrews 12:1-2 gives great advice to living worthy, “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God”. How are you running the race? What will others say about you after you are gone?