Ephesians 4:1-7 The Message
1-3 In light of all this, here’s what I want you to
do. While I’m locked up here, a prisoner for the Master, I
want you to get out there and walk—better yet, run!—on
the road God called you to travel. I don’t want any of you
sitting around on your hands. I don’t want anyone strolling
off, down some path that goes nowhere. And mark that you do this
with humility and discipline—not in fits and starts, but steadily,
pouring yourselves out for each other in acts of love, alert at
noticing differences and quick at mending fences.
4-6 You were all
called to travel on the same road and in the same direction, so
stay together, both outwardly and inwardly. You have one Master,
one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who rules over
all, works through all, and is present in all. Everything you are
and think and do is permeated with Oneness.
7 But that doesn’t
mean you should all look and speak and act the same. Out of the
generosity of Christ, each of us is given his own gift.