As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. This is why it says: “When he ascended on high, he took many captives and gave gifts to his people.”
The essence of a woman, the essence of a man, the essence of you, the essence of me, the essence of who we are meant to be! What is the essence of you? Are you living a life worthy of the calling you have received or are you living a life of bondage, insecurity, fear, and hopelessness? As our passage reads, God has called us to a life of worthiness. Worthy to have love, worthy to have peace, worthy to have prosperity, worthy to have respect, worthy to be cherished, worthy to know the truth, and worthy to be free. When Christ ascended higher He left us many gifts which creates the essence of who we are, but often times when we are not humble, gentle, and patient, we lose our essence — we lose the very intricate and intrinsic fabric by which God created us! Today, I want you to ask yourself, what is the very essence of you and are you fully thriving in that essence?