“I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called” (Ephesians 4:1).
As believers, we do not have to rely upon our personal abilities, instead we can trust in the provisions God has made. He has given us all the resources we need to walk worthy in a fallen world. Our daily lives can either be lived according to our own desire or we can be obedient to the perfect will God, the choice is ours.
Walk in Newness of Life
The moment we are born again we begin to “walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:4.) It is God’s will for us to stay upon this pathway throughout our lives … “And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it” (2 John :6.) We cannot divorce loving God from obedience and holiness.
God is fashioning us for His purpose and glory … “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10.) Notice that is this worthy walk that pleases Him … “Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more” (1 Thessalonians 4:1.) Walking the pathway of newness of life should always result in spiritual maturity.
The Impossible made Possible
Some reject the teaching of holiness because they think that it is impossible to fully walk in it. Every excuse made is the product of sin and unbelief. Unless we totally devote our lives to Christ we can never have the strength to walk worthy … “That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,” (Ephesians 3:16-17.) It is not a question of what we think is possible or impossible, if God commands that we walk worthy, then He has to give the means whereby we can do it. It all comes down to simple faith in God’s ability … “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us” (Ephesians 3:20.) This faith, dwelling in our hearts, causes us to “comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that [we] might be filled with all the fulness of God” (Ephesians 3:18-19.)
Without God’s resources we would either give-up serving Him or, with a head-full of theory and religion, we will try extremely hard to please the Lord. It other words, we would either backslide or become legalistic. We know that it is not possible to be a Christian and reject prayer, praise, Bible study and fellowship, but what about personal holiness? Instead of living by human strength and will power, let us live by the power that God has made available to us. “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh … If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit” (Galatians 5:16, 25.)