Today we will begin our look at Ephesians 4 and look at the kind of life we are to live.
As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.
Paul reminds us in the beginning of this verse he was willing to be a prisoner for the sake of spreading the gospel to others. He was completely committed to the plan God had for his life. He was willing to follow God’s plan rather than his own, even if it required him to suffer. How willing are you to follow God’s plan for your life?
Paul then urges us all to “live a life worthy” of our call. As believers, we have been called by the Lord to love and serve Him. “Worthy” in the Greek literally means “bringing up the other beam of the scales”. “Paul is insisting that there shall be a balance between profession and practice.” Simply professing to be a follower of Christ is not enough. Our attitudes, words and actions should be equal to what we profess.
In order to be a follower of Christ, we actually need to follow Christ. We need to think the way He thought, want the things He would want, treat others the way He would treat them and do the things He would do. Remember the old WWJD? (What Would Jesus Do?) That acronym really holds a lot of meaning when it comes to living a life worthy of our calling.
How worthy is your living? Are you revealing Christ to others by your attitude, words and actions? Think back over this past week or even the past few days, have you been living the life Jesus would have you live? Have you lived a life in line with the faith you profess? Allow the Lord to show you where you were living your life for yourself, responding the way you wanted to respond and doing the things you wanted to do rather than doing what Jesus would have done. Seek His forgiveness and turn from your ways and adopt His so you can live a life worthy of your calling.
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- Quote from “The Expositor’s Bible Commentary”, Vol. 11, Zondervan