A Worthy Walk

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”

While many of us may see our current jobs as our calling in life, Paul and the other NT writers challenge us to look at what a calling should really reflect. For a Christian, we need to look beyond our earthly calling and focus on our heavenly calling. We use our earthly vocation to supply us the money to support our earthly needs, but we cannot let this become our only calling in life. Yes, we may (and should) be a Christian witness wherever we are planted in our jobs, but this passage of Scripture, along with others, indicates we must go above and beyond our earthly workplace endeavors.

Consider the following verses that further define what a Christian’s calling, or vocation, is: It is the Father who brings forth our calling to bring Him glory (1 Thessalonians 2:12; 1 Peter 5:10) that this work should be performed according to His purposes (Romans 8:28). When we are in harmony with God on our calling, we will witness a movement from the darkness of this world into the Light of His glory (1 Peter 2:9). Ultimately, we see in 1 Timothy 6:12, that the calling that we are to fight for in a world of unbelievers will lead us to eternal life.

When Paul urges us to “walk in a manner worthy”, we need to recognize this as a call to ensure every aspect of our life reflects the standard of the Christian faith.

So what is this standard?

Our actions should reflect a heart transformed (Ezekiel 36:26; Romans 2:29; Ephesians 1:18). I’ve written about this before, but consider this the next time you post on social media defending one position over the other. Not only our hearts should be transformed, but our minds as well (Romans 12:2; Philippians 2:5). It is not just that taming of the tongue we need to master (see James 3:1-12), but in this day and age it is the taming of our typing.

We must remember that the world watches very closely those who profess to be Christians to look for hypocrisy at any given moment. The lives we lead should not just be Christian-like when we attend church or study meetings, but in every single moment of every single day. If you have some activity in your life that goes against the teachings of Christ, then you need to let go of this activity and/or the people surrounding this activity. We are to be a witness to the world, and while we cannot do that if we avoid the world, it does not mean we must compromise our morals in doing so.

Seek humility in all actions. Humility is a gift of grace and if you are lacking in this area, pray for God to increase your humility and reduce the pride that surrounds your heart. In possessing a humble spirit, the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) can flourish along with unity and meekness so that we can become a source of peace, binding hearts together for one purpose.

So walk worthy in all you do beginning now, for tomorrow is not guaranteed. Labor for the salvation of the lost wherever you are planted and let this journey here on earth never take your eyes off the realization that your citizenship resides in heaven (Philippians 3:20).