Walking Worthy of Our Calling, Part 7 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #209)
A series of homilies on Ephesians.
A homily is “a short talk on a religious or moral topic; a usually short sermon; a lecture or discourse on or of a biblical theme.”
I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians (as well as other passages of Scripture) specifically targeted at reviving families and encouraging and exhorting husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children to do what God has commanded them to do, for if the church is to be revived and the country is to be awakened, the family must be revived first.
TEXT: Ephesians 4:1-3:
1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
A.W. Tozer said, “The spiritual man habitually makes eternity-judgments instead of time-judgments. By faith he rises above the tug of earth and the flow of time and learns to think and feel as one who has already left the world and gone to join the innumerable company of angels and the general assembly and Church of the Firstborn which are written in heaven. Such a man would rather be useful than famous and would rather serve than be served. And all this must be by the operation of the Holy Spirit within him. No man can become spiritual by himself. Only the free Spirit can make a man spiritual.”
Leonard Ravenhill said, “Are the things you are living for worth Christ dying for?”
In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “The awakening in Virginia, the Carolinas, and Georgia crossed racial and denominational lines. As many as ten or fifteen thousand would gather in forest clearings at camp meetings for the preaching of the Scriptures. Both black slaves and white slave owners from every church background came together to be moved by the Spirit of God.”
So far, from this verse, we have looked at the significance of Paul’s urgent plea from prison. We have also looked at what our vocation or calling actually entails. Now, we turn our attention to the act of walking worthy. What does that mean exactly?
Well, the term “walk” is used in the New Testament as a reference to one’s lifestyle. The word “worthy” is from the Greek “axios” which means “in a suitable manner; in a worthy manner; or in a manner that is becoming.” Thus, Paul is telling us that we ought to live in a manner that is suitable, worthy, or becoming of a Christian. There are some behaviors that are not becoming of a person who follows Christ. And there are some behaviors that ARE becoming of a person that follows Christ. Our lifestyle ought to match our profession. People ought to look at us and see that we are living according to the values of the Kingdom of God.