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. (Ephesians 4:1 NLT)
Paul introduces this powerful phrase, “live a life worthy of your calling” or in some translations “walk worthy of your calling”. He’s talking about how we carry ourselves. The greek word used here for worthy literally means “of sufficient weight”. It means that there is a quality about one’s life that matches what they believe – your life carries weight.
Think of it in terms of a scale. On one side is our calling and on the other is how we live it out. Our calling is what we’ve been talking about for the past four weeks – that we are adopted, we are chosen, we are sons and daughters, we were dead but now we are alive, he has set us free – that’s the weight of our calling – it’s loaded down on one side.
One, you try to LIVE right before BEING made right. It’s the kind of thinking that if I just pray enough, give enough, do enough, THEN God will bless me and accept me. But in reality that doesn’t work. It leads to frustration & disappointment, because we consistently fail.
Here’s a second danger: knowing who you are in Christ, knowing your calling, knowing you are adopted, but never living worthy of that calling – there’s no change in your life. Your behavior doesn’t match your beliefs and your walk doesn’t match your words.
Imagine a corrupt police officer. We would say he is not worthy of wearing the shield or imagine going to your dentist and he’s missing several teeth and the ones he has are all in decay. I don’t think he’s worthy of being your dentist.
Here’s an important distinction: I’m not saying that the police officer or the dentist have no worth, just that they are not living up to the worth of their position. As a Christ follower, are you and I living up to the calling of being a Christian?
Now Paul says to “walk worthy” which is presupposes that we are on a journey. We don’t get there overnight. It is a lifelong process. One step at a time.
Question: Do you always feel worthy to be called a Christian? What keeps you from living a life worthy of Christ?