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Walking Worthily

Ephesians 4:1 tells us to "walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called".  I have been thinking about that lately.  What exactly is the calling to which we have been called?  I mean, don't we have to know that before we can try to walk in a manner worthy of it?

At it's most basic, our call is a call to come and follow Jesus Christ as His disciple.  Paul, the writer of Epesians, knew about being a disciple.  He was a follower of the Jewish rabbi Gamaliel, who we are told in Acts 5:34, was honored by all the people.  Paul knew that the honor given to the disciple was dependent on the honor given to his rabbi.  For a young Jewish man, to be called as the disciple of a prestigious rabbi was a great honor and privilege and the last thing he would want to do was to dishonor his teacher.

We have been called to be disciples of God Himself.  There is no higher or more worthy calling.  One of the reasons we pursue the knowledge of God is because the better we know Him, the more we understand the nature of our calling.  As God reveals Himself to us through His word and through His church, we are able to better realize the worthiness and honor of His call upon us to follow Him.

Paul's exhortation is simple.

Live our lives in such a way that it honors our master, Jesus Christ.  We are His ambassadors to this fallen world.  Every word we speak, every choice we make either exalts the name of Jesus or dishonors Him.

May we walk, as Paul implores us in Ephesians 4:2, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing one another in love, being eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

May our lives bring glory and honor to the one who called us to Himself.

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