“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” -Ephesians 4:1-6
My son started participating in an organization called Trail Life this year. It is an explicitly Christian alternative to Boy Scouts. I witnessed something the first night that has stuck with me and has kept me curious to keep coming back.
One of the boys who had obviously attended last year walked by a leader of the program. The leader paused, addressed the boy by name, and asked him if he was walking worthy. I loved that question and have been watching the program all year as to how they practically define the worthy walk.
Paul encourages us to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called. How does he practically define the worthy walk. Well, looking to a previous book he wrote called Romans, he says:
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. -Romans 8:28-29
The worthy walk is nothing short of conforming one’s life to the image of Jesus Christ. Our good, kind, and sovereign God works all things in creation towards molding the Christian into the reflection of Jesus on earth. This is the worthy walk. How are you doing with that today?
(Suggested prayer with your kids)
Father in heaven, you call us to walk in a manner worthy of our calling. We see that you have called us to reflect Jesus Christ. This is the highest of callings and we acknowledge that we cannot do this apart from your enabling grace. You work all things in creation to help us walk worthy. Please do that in our hearts today in Jesus name. -Amen!