You ever met someone in worse circumstances than you are, and then they teach you about how good life really is? In my line of work, I meet many who are rejoicing in the Lord despite their illnesses and setback, and often it makes me ashamed. I have so many blessings, so many good things to be thankful for. I have no reason to be down.
So it is with this morning’s text. Paul writes, as a prisoner under guard, to tell the Ephesians to live their lives worthy of their calling. They remain free while he is in chains. Did they think they have bad days? Sure. But the note of encouragement comes from someone who is in a worse position than they are.
When your day seems down, consider those whom you’ve met with far worse problems, and yet encouraged you. Rejoice in the Lord for what you have and who you. Live your life worthy of the calling laid upon it. You’ve been given the highest calling by the highest authority to the greatest work. You are important. Don’t let discouragement tell you differently.