Jeremy Sarber

How do believers walk worthy of our calling?

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. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. (Ephesians 4:1-6)

To walk worthy is to balance the scale. The adverb is axiōs. One side of the scale should be in equal weight to the other side. We’re adding weight every day of our lives. Every choice, every action drops a little more into the tray. What’s on the other side of the scale? I’ll give you just a sample from Ephesians 1:

In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory. (Ephesians 1:11-14)

Here’s another from Ephesians 2:

God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:4-10)

We’re talking about practice versus position. On one side of the scale is our position in Christ as God’s children. On the other is our practice (i.e., our behavior and discipleship). To walk worthy of our calling is to balance the scale. To walk worthy is to live in such a way that our behavior accurately reflects our identity as a redeemed person. Paul begs us to maintain practical living that matches our spiritual position.