I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
~ Ephesians 4:1-3
Over and over again, Paul exhorts those who read his letters to walk worthy of the gospel (Philippians 1:27), worthy of the Lord (Colossians 1:10), or as he does in today’s verses, worthy of our calling. Why does he do that? He tells us to walk worthy because when we first heard the gospel and believed, when we first knew the Lord Jesus and were saved, when we first heard the calling of His Spirit, we were NOT worthy. In point of fact, we were ENEMIES of God (Romans 5:10)! Paul’s point is that, although our status as citizens of heaven and heirs of God’s kingdom has changed, our hearts and minds still need some work. Note, however that Paul also assumes that we CAN walk in a way that is worthy.
You see, whatever doubts we may have about our worth are not doubts that God has. If the Lord God had ever doubted our faith, He would never have sent His Son, would never have given us the gospel of reconciliation, would never have laid His Spirit upon us and called us to share what we know. And what do we know? We know that when we were still sinners and didn’t have the strength of will to repent and turn to God, in His great love He sent His Son to die in our place, so that we might be called sons and daughters of God. In short, GOD HIMSELF counted us WORTHY of the life of His only begotten Son. Paul is just reminding us that we are to continue walking worthy of that amazing gift.
In a world so full of despair, so in need of life and revival, we have this message of hope that is Christ Jesus our Lord. And our Lord has called us to share this εὐαγγέλιον (good message) with all creatures: “You are worthy.”