I was challenged this morning as I read from Ephesians 4 to "walk worthy of the calling by which (I) have been called." That calling is the divine call of God in someone's life to salvation. I am humbled that God has been planning my salvation in Christ since before the foundation of the world, that He has chosen to adopt me, to buy me back to Himself through the cross of Christ, to bless me with a full inheritance as His Son, to reveal to me the mystery of His will in His Word, to seal me to Himself with His Spirit, He has brought me from death to life, He has graced me with eternal lovingkindness through no works of my own, He has granted me the faith to believe and the grace to be saved, He has made me to be a creature for good works which has has been planning for me from before time, He has joined me together with His church worldwide to be a temple for His Spirit--Christ's body on earth--displaying His glory, He has made His church the display of His manifold wisdom, as I submit to Christ's life displayed in me I become a part of His overflowing love poured out on earth! (Eph 1-3)
This is the great calling that compels me and all believers to "walk worthy"!
The first few verses that follow frame up what it means to walk worthy.
Ephesians 4:1–6 (NASB95
1 Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called,
2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love,
3 being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling;
5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6 one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.
Our calling should humble us because we can take no credit for who we have become in Christ. Our calling should soften us toward one another because who are we to think that our rights are any more important than anyone else's. Our calling should unify us because we are one in Christ and together are to display God's glory to the world as Christ fills us with Himself.
Let us walk worthy!