Ephesians 4:1 (ESV) – I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called
There are many organizations and teams that have behavior codes and expectations. Some companies have requirements about how employees handle themselves on social media or outside the workplace. The reason for this is because the employees represent the organization or company. The quarterback of a team represents the organization. If the quarterback is incredible on the field, but can’t stay out of trouble off the field, there is a good chance the team will dump him. There is a standard.
The same is true for our faith. Our passage today points to the expectation of believers in how we live. Followers of Christ have a standard. Paul writes, “I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called.”
Paul urges believers within the church of Ephesus to walk in a manner worthy of their calling. The term “walk” is about how they live. A walk is a day-by-day, step-by-step journey. We walk out our lives each day with our choices, actions, and words. Paul says that walk should be lived in a manner worthy of the call Christ has put on our lives. He made us His own. He saved us. Jesus gave His life up on the cross to forgive us of our sins. What should our lives look like in light of the redemption Christ has accomplished on our behalf? We should live worthy of this great call and salvation. We should obey our Lord. We should live in a manner pleasing to Him.
Are you living your life in a manner worthy of the calling Jesus has given you? Do you obey His Word? Are you seeking to follow His will in all areas of your life? This is the heart and desire of true followers of Christ. We want to live our lives in a manner worthy of Jesus. He purchased us. What is required of us is to give Him our obedience.
Reflection & Journal:
- Why does Paul call our lives a ‘walk’?
- What is the reason why our lives should be lived in a manner worthy of Christ?
- How does this text play out in our lives? What does it look like to ‘walk worthy’?
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