Scripture Reading: Ephesians 4:1-3
“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:1-3)
As is characteristic of most of Paul’s writings, he begins his epistles with doctrine — what we believe — and then moves to the application of doctrine to our daily lives. Thus at this point in his letter to the Ephesians, he urges us “to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called.” The Christian’s walk — the way we live — is to flow out of God’s gracious work of salvation freely granted to us by His grace.
The basic principle is that we are to live our lives in a manner worthy of God’s call upon our lives. It means we are to conduct ourselves in harmony with our relationship with Christ and the responsibilities that come with it.
Consider our calling by God. It is God Himself who called us! He calls us with an effectual call to be His children. He has called us to be like Himself. Our character should reflect His character. Peter describes our calling with these words: “As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy'” (I Peter 1:14-16).
Paul is exhorting us to live our lives in a manner worthy of the One who called us. As God is holy, so we are called to a life of holiness. This applies to every area of our lives — our social life, our business life, our thought life, the language we use, the way we treat other people, etc. “But as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct.”
Obviously living a holy life is impossible without the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit enables and empowers us to walk in a manner worthy of our calling. Our sanctification is just as dependent upon the Holy Spirit as our justification is. This is why Paul prayed that we may “be strengthened with power through God’s Spirit in your inner being” (3:16). As we have seen, we are weak but God is strong. His powerful Spirit lives in us. As we learn to yield our lives to Him, we will be able to walk in a manner worthy of our calling.
O Holy Spirit, I know that You are present in me. Let me yield my life to You and to Your will. It is only in Your power that I can walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which I have been called — to a life of holiness.
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