“I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called” (Ephesians 4:1).
Plainly stated “walking worthy” is in reality becoming what the Lord Jesus Christ wants us to be. It is walking in the path that He has chosen for us. It is following His example and following in His footsteps.
As born again believers we bear the mark of the Lord in our lives. The way we live ought to reveal that we are the children of God, and therefore, representatives of His Kingdom. Do we really walk worthy enough to have such an honour?
As God’s people we have many wonderful rights, honours, and privileges. With these blessings come responsibility, for God expects us to live and walk worthy of Christ in every aspect of our lives. He does not want us playing the hypocrite. Everything we do or say should be approved of Him … “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him” (Colossians 3:17.) This means that we should not entertain anything that would displease or dishonour the Lord in any way.
The word “worthy” (axios) means to “walk after a godly sort,” and “to balance.” There ought to be harmony between who we are and how we live. By not living a godly life we will soon lapse, backslide, and become worldly-minded. This in turn may affect others around us and cause them to disrespect the Lord as they see our hypocritical lives. All who refuse to walk worthy bring guilt and condemnation into their hearts.
Obedience from a grateful heart
Walking worthy does not mean that we conform to a set of rules and regulations in a heartless and unthinking way. If we did we would soon fail or become legalistic. Instead we adopt the righteous standards of God’s word with a heart full of grateful love. Those who truly love God do not consider the need to walk holy a strange thing. For them it is the natural outcome of obedience to Christ.
If we understand and appreciate what the Lord has done for us, then we will want to please Him in every possible way. Paul encourages us to “let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ” (Philippians 1:27.) In other words, “Live in a way that truly honours Christ.” Our conduct ought to match the teachings of God’s written word.
The Lord Jesus Christ is the best example of how to walk worthy … “He that saith he abideth in Him ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked” (1 John 2:6.)
We should continually examine our attitude toward God to see if we are really honouring Him and walking worthy. If we do we will find that our lives “will have a sacred and inexpressible charm about [them] that is very satisfying to Jesus” (Oswald Chambers), not only this, but others will be attracted to the Gospel of Christ through our living testimony.