Sunday, June 7

Walk worthy

Scripture: Ecclesiastes 7-9, Ephesians 4

Ephesians 4:1 Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God.

Observation

I journaled on this recently, but it jumped out at me again.  Paul reminds us to lead a life worthy of our calling.  God has called us His children.  He has called us into a relationship with Himself; He has called us His bride, His people, His saints.  Life a life worthy of that calling.  “Lead a life” translates a Greek word (peripateo) which literally means “to walk,” and then “to conduct one’s life, to live, to behave.”  Walk worthy of your calling. 

Here is the gospel.  We don’t behave to earn God’s favor; we behave because we have God’s favor.  Good works aren’t the cause of our salvation, but the result of it.  I am chosen and called by God; now I gratefully live into that calling, live worthy of that calling.

Paul repeats this idea in three other places.

Philippians 1:27 Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel

Colossians 1:10 …so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,

1 Thessalonians 2:12 …encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.

Live a life worthy of your calling, worthy of the gospel, worthy of the Lord Jesus, worthy of God!

Application

I mentioned recently that a respected college professor once called me out in class for a comment I made on a passage of Scripture.  “Mr. Wittwer, that is not worthy of you.”  His criticism was actually also a compliment.  He was implying that I was smarter than I had sounded, that I was more capable than my comment would suggest.  He was saying that I was not living up to my potential. 

We have a high and holy calling—to be the sons and daughters of God who reflect His love, grace and beauty into our world.  Walk worthy of your calling!  Live up to your potential!  Live in such a way that God is honored!  Live into all He’s called you to be.

What a simple and practical guide: walk worthy.  Is this thought, is this word, is this action worthy of the God who loves me and calls me?

Prayer: Lord, may the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart—and the actions of my life—be acceptable in your sight…and worthy of You!  (Ps. 19:14)