Ephesians 4:1–6 (NKJV)
1 I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, 2 with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, 3 endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.Ephesians 4:1-6
The book of Ephesians takes a turn from the doctrinal to the practical with the word “therefore.” This is a signal that the theoretical, philosophical, theological section is moving into a transition to a practical, how-does-one-live-this-out section. Paul begins the new part with this admonition to the Ephesians (and any other readers) to walk worthy. He then explains what some of the components of walking worthy includes, such as lowliness, gentleness, longsuffering, patience, love, unity, and peace. These selfless qualities reflect the nature of Christ that should be manifested in the lives of believers. These attitudes and attributes lend themselves to the selfless nature of Christianity. The unity Paul speaks of here cannot be achieved without selfless love. If the church is to operate as one body, its members must be selfless and caring, operating in unity. Since there is only one of so many facets of Christianity (body, Spirit, hope, Lord, faith, baptism, God, Father), then individual agendas and wildcat interpretations of the life in Christ are not acceptable.
If we are to represent Christ well, we must know Him. In knowing Him, we must follow and obey Him, and He must reside within us and in relationship with us. That does not happen by accident. God longs to visit with us daily and spend time together. When a Christian shuts God out of days at a time, the bond is weakened and can eventually be damaged. If we walk worthy, it is in step with the Holy Spirit Who points us to Christ. In your busy world, make time for Christ. That is the secret to unity and worthiness. Be proactive and intentional about developing your relationship with God. It is the most important thing you can do every day. To walk worthy, walk with Him!
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