Therefore I, the prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk worthy
of the calling you have received…Ephesians 4:1
On yesterday, we ended singing the song “Search Me, Lord.” This morning, I am reminded that the celebration truly takes place in the heart and works outward as God led me to the verse above.
Ephesians 4:1 commands the believer to walk worthy of our calling, “Therefore I, the prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk worthy of the calling you have received.” Now, we know that ‘walk’ means the way we live out life, our conduct, beliefs, actions, etc. I believe this verse gets looked over by many of us because of the word “worthy.” We quickly respond with a statement on how we understand that there is no way that we could ever be worthy of our salvation…which is true. 🙂
But when we look closely, we see that the word is used in regards to who Christ has called us to be, not who we were before God called out of the darkness into His marvelous light in Christ.
I am reminded of the political arena of today and no matter what side you land on, we often have the opportunity to shake our heads in disbelief because we know the office or the position requires a higher representation of respect, integrity and moral values. It is the value of the office or position that is worthy of a different representation, not the man.
This is true for believers as well. The Lord is encouraging us, in fact, commanding us to conduct life (live) in a manner worthy of the position that Christ died to give us. Selah!
We are His representation in the earth and as we ask God to search our hearts, this is what we are asking. Father, shine Your light that I would walk in Your calling and display Your glory to others. If You find anything that shouldn’t be, bring conviction and repentance so I will walk worthy in my calling.
Just a few positional graces that the Father calls us to through the blood of His Son:
In love, He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will – Ephesians 1:5
In Him, we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will, in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of His glory. Ephesians 1:12
Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple. 1 Corinthians 3:16-17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making His appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake He made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.
2 Corinthians 5:20-21
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. 1 Peter 2:9
everyone who is called by My name, whom I created for My glory, whom I formed and made.” Isaiah 43:7
to grant to those who mourn in Zion—to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified. Isaiah 61:3
You and I know that these Scriptures could go on and on. This is a short list of the calling, first to salvation and sonship but to all Jesus has given us through His blood at Calvary. May the Lord shine His light and stir our hearts to walk worthy in all He has called and purposed us to be!