To the roar of the crowd, 21-year-old Jordan Spieth walked with a big smile on his face to the 18th green to receive the coveted U. S. Open Championship trophy at Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place, Washington. Just moments earlier, he had left the course dejected after missing a putt on the last hole. That shot had cost him a significant lead. He waited in a trailer for the last golfer, Dustin Johnson, and the confirmation that the two of them would play again the next day in a tiebreaker. But as he watched, Dustin Johnson three-putted. The match was over. In the midst of discouragement, disbelief, and dreams, the final score was placed on the Leader Board. Spieth had won.
With head high and shoulders straight, Spieth walked out of the trailer in a manner worthy of his victory. The competition may have been stiff and the course unfavorable, but his acceptance speech was filled with humility, gentleness, and patience.
As Christians, we have a much greater position and a higher calling. It’s heavenly (Heb. 3:1), holy (2 Tim. 1:8), and irrevocable (Eph. 4:29). We are called to salvation and to a task unique to each one of us. It’s a supernatural invitation, but it’s up to us to listen and be obedient.
That’s why the apostle Paul tells us to “walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love” (Eph. 4:1-2). As Dr. Stanley puts it in his message, “Walking Worthy of Your Calling,” “Your walk has weight to it, and the weight of your walk is making its impression not in sand or concrete, but in the spirits of other people.”
Are you making impressions in sand, marks that will be wiped away with the first wind that stirs the grains? Or are your steps making a permanent difference in the souls of others? When our behavior matches our calling, others will see Christ—and His impact comes with eternal blessings.
Dr. Stanley explains why our conduct matters in his message, “Walking Worthy of Your Calling,”, airing today on radio.