Jan. 10, 2018

Walk Worthy - Ephesians 4:1

Eph 4:1 (KJV) I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called

The apostle Paul, the writer of this letter to the Ephesians, identifies himself as 'the prisoner of the Lord'. In most instances to be held captive is generally viewed as an undesirable situation. Prisoners are most likely to be held against their will. But Paul is willingly captivated by the Lord. This initial statement is a testament to the instructions he is about to share. Paul describes himself as a prisoner to illustrate the most submissive position possible. Paul is expressing to the readers the extreme degree of yieldedness that should be adopted by those who follow the Lord.

To deepen the impact of what he is about to share, Paul opens this discourse with a word that no one wants to be: a prisoner. His intent may be to conjure up the notion in the minds of the readers and hearers that those who say "Yes" to God relinquish their freedom to choose. Saying "Yes" to the Lord means that you have released the reins of your life. Now God is in control. For those who don't really know Him, this can be somewhat unsettling. But for those who do understand His character it is very comforting. Having your life guided completely by the Holy Spirit means that all you have to do is follow His instructions. You don't have to make any decisions on your own. The Holy Spirit will lead, guide and direct you. It is a liberating way of life. So what Paul calls being a prisoner is actually the only way to really be free!

Next Paul says, "I...beseech you..." This isn't just a casual request or minor suggestion he is presenting to the Ephesians. He is using wording that suggests that he strongly urges them to follow his advice. He begs them, he implores them, he is making the sincerest appeal that the directives be strictly followed,

So what is it that Paul deems to be of such importance? That they (and we) "walk worthy of the vocation wherewith they (and we) are called". His message strsses the importance of walking or living in a manner that is not contrary to God's purpose for your life. The manner of living should be in harmony with, not in contrast to, the call of God on your life. Evidently that was an issue in Paul's time just like it is now. Sadly, the ones who appear not to walk worthy of the calling of God get more publicity than those who do. The way we live should be consistent with the principles set forth in God's Word. Variations between the two should not exist.

What is this 'vocation' of which Paul speaks? It is God's purpose for your life. It is what He has appointed and anointed you to do. It is your kingdom assignment. He created you with specific purposes in mind. You're not here on a whim. Your life is not an accident or a happenstance. You were created to fulfill a kingdom assignment. Your vocation is what God created you to accomplish for Him. The life you live should reflect and respect that calling. The way you live should bring honor to your vocation and to the One who called you to it.

Thanks for reading. More on this next time.