Walk Worthy (Part 1)
Rev. Dr. Ernest Brodie Jr.
The Apostle Paul devoted the first three chapters of Ephesians to the privileges of belonging to the Lord. Beginning in chapter four, he laid out the obligations, responsibilities, and requirements for walking worthy of Him.
Walk Worthy - Ephesians 4:1: “I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called.” Worthy means balanced, especially according to God's Word. Our walk is to be seen by our day-to-day living for the Lord Jesus Christ. Calling means to be called out of. Believers are called out of the world to God.
An ancient calling. Ephesians 1:4: “According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love.”
A divine calling. John 15:16: “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.”
A heavenly calling. Hebrews 3:1: “Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus.”
A holy calling. 2 Timothy 1:9: “Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.” Holy is being separated unto God - set apart in conduct and practice.
A high calling. Philippians 3:14: “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
A unique calling. 1 Corinthians 1:26: “For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called.”
A hopeful calling. Ephesians 1:18: “The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints.” Believers have a hopeful future.
A worthy calling. 2 Thessalonians 1:11: “Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power.” It's special to be called a believer, lest you be deceived.
What characteristics are essential for a worthy walk? Ephesians 4:2: “With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love.”
Lowliness is humility. We cannot please God without humility. Our example is Jesus. He prayed in the garden in Matthew 26:39: “nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.” Philippians 2:7-8: “But (Jesus) made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” If you do not have humility, you will have no peace because you will always be offended by others.
The first sin in the universe was PRIDE. Lucifer was moved by pride to rebel against God. He drew a third of the angels with him against God and earned the name Satan (adversary). The first sin of man was motivated by pride when Adam and Eve decided they knew better than God. Proverbs 11:2: “When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.” Proverbs 16:18: “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.”
Walking worthy can only take place when a believer possesses a humble spirit.
Meekness means power under control, especially under God's control. No one is meek who is not first humble. Meekness is not weakness, nor does it remove righteous indignation. In Matthew 21, Jesus is angry at the misuse of the Temple for business, rather than for worship. Ephesians 4:26: “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath.” We should have righteous indignation over sin, but we also need to exercise self-control. James 4:17: “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” Not doing right is sin. Those angered by every little thing do not exhibit meekness.
Longsuffering is patience. Humility leads to meekness. Meekness leads to longsuffering. Longsuffering means that a person enduresdifficult circumstances. Patient endurance is a product of a relationship with God. Knowing that God is sovereign and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him enhancesour ability to hold fast.
Lowliness, meekness, and longsuffering are essential if we are to have a worthy walk. Developing these traits is a lifetime process. God builds this in us as we live for Him and lean on Him. He will enable us to face the challenges that come into our lives. For His glory, may we determine to be good examples of walking worthy.