SoulShift: Walk Worthy

Last time, we told you that Paul wrote this letter while he was a prisoner in Rome. As Paul was in jail for preaching Christ, he had some important truths to tell his beloved church in Ephesus about living free on the outside. He begins by urging them to some things: I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you. The word “urge” means to ask for something “earnestly with politeness;” to respectfully request, or to plead for, to appeal to.’1 Paul is imploring us, pleading with us, politely pushing us to do something. He is being very pastoral; he is coming along side of us, nudging us to the right way. I explain this because I want you to catch the tone Paul uses as he begins this section. He is not commanding us to do anything. He is not legalistically demanding that we do something. This whole section begins with Paul appealing to us, and very politely and very humbly urging us to…

“Walk in a manner worthy of our calling.”

What does that mean? Almost every time you see the word “walk” in the New Testament, it refers to living or how we are to live. In Colossians 1:10, believers are urged …to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. In 1 Thessalonians 2:12… we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory. In all of these cases we are being urged or exhorted to live or walk a certain way. In this passage, Paul is urging us to live in a manner “worthy of our calling.”

 [1] Louw, J. P., & Nida, E. A. (1996). Greek-English lexicon of the New Testament: based on semantic domains. New York: United Bible Societies.

 

SoulShift: Walk Worthy