In Ephesians 4:1 Paul stresses that we should “Walk Worthy of the Vocation wherein we are called“. Our Calling in a way is a Business and we should be working at succeeding in that endeavor. In this post I would like to dig into what it means to walk worthy.
Christ said that those who are to be gathered to the place of safety would be “accounted worthy” to escape the horrors of the tribulation just ahead of us. Luke 21:26
You see it’s not that we are “worthy” ourselves but that we are accounted worthy. Christ’s sacrifice and our acceptance of it makes us able to be accounted worthy. But it seems that there is something that God is looking for in us that will allow him to account us worthy to escape what’s coming. I say this because we know that some will be accounted worthy to escape while others will not. It behooves us then to try and determine what will be in our lives that will allow the Father to account us worthy.
Take a look at the following scriptures as they give us some insight into what the Father is looking for in us:
2Th 1:3 We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth;
2Th 1:4 So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure:
2Th 1:5 Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer:
2Th 1:6 Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you;
2Th 1:7 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,
2Th 1:8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
2Th 1:9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;
2Th 1:10 When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.
2Th 1:11 Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power:
2Th 1:12 That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Paul was praising them for their Patience,Faith and Love that they showed especially during tribulations and he said that those characteristics were a “manifest token” that they might be counted worthy. Interesting Faith Patience and Love is almost the same as the Faith, Hope and Love(charity) found in 1 Cor 13:13 which are the 3 things that should abide in us all to the end.
(Col 1:10) That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;
Here we see the being fruitful in all good works and constantly increasing in the knowledge of God are additional aspects of be found worthy.
Finally we see Paul’s comments regarding walking worthy of His calling here;
(Php 3:12) Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
(Php 3:13) Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
(Php 3:14) I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Do you see that attitude that Paul is displaying here should be out attitude toward our calling. Paul did not assume that He had already attained salvation. He was not satisfied within himself that he had need of nothing as the Laodicieans do today. Rather he PRESSED toward the mark(the end of the race) that he might attain the salvation that he sought.
Here is Webster’s maening of the word Press:
PRESS, v.t. [L.pressus.]
1. To urge with force or weight; a word of extensive use, denoting the application of any power, physical or moral, to something that is to be moved or affected. We press the ground with the feet when we walk; we press the couch on which we repose; we press substances with the hands, fingers or arms; the smith presses iron with his vise; we are pressed with the weight of arguments or of cares, troubles and business.
Do you see the application of force or power. what you are seeing is exactly what Christ is telling the Laodiceans that they need to do:
(Rev 3:19) As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
Christ is telling the Laodiceans that they must Zealously Repent, which will in affect open the door to Christ so He can sup with them.
As Christ told His parents when they found him in the Temple, that he must be about His Father’s business is exactly what we must be doing in order to be accounted worthy to escape. We must be zealously applying Faith , Hope and Love while growing in knowledge and being fruitful in good works. But notice the most important part of all this; It is not a static walk we are not standing still in this endeavor. If we want the Fathers approval we must be aggressively moving forward doing the works that He has given us to do. Otherwise He is going to spew us out of His mouth directly into the Great Tribulation.
(Rev 3:16) So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.