PJ’s Daily Devotional for Friday, February 3, 2017.
Are you walking in a manner worthy of the calling of Jesus Christ?
“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).
The Koine Greek word translated “worthy” means “pertaining to being fitting or proper in corresponding to what should be expected—proper, properly, fitting, worthy of, correspond to.”
So, when Paul exhorts us to walk in a manner worthy of the calling, he is saying: ensure your life corresponds with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Do you live like someone who has been saved? When people see you, do they think of God’s grace—do they see Jesus?
Paul gives some criteria to know whether you are walking in a manner worthy of the new life we have been given by God’s grace through Jesus Christ. Remember—it is IMPORTANT to remember—that this is only possible by the power and presence of the Holy Spirit in you:
- Bearing with one another in love
- Eager to maintain unity of the Spirit
- Eager to maintain the bond of peace
To reiterate the importance of the Holy Spirit: in Galatians 5:22- 25, Paul gives us more criteria of what our lives will look like when we are walking in the Spirit: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.”
How are you doing?
Does your life demonstrate Monday-Saturday what you proclaim on Sundays?