I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
(Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?
He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)
And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
What does it mean to live a life “worthy” of your calling? Christians today have lost credibility in the eyes of the world because we do not understand what this word means and fail to follow what it teaches. We as Christians talk a big talk, but it seldom matches our walk. The word Paul uses here, translated worthy, addresses that very issue. The word worthy is a term which originally had to do with scales. If one wanted the scale to balance, he would place an equal weight on the other side. When it was balanced, it was “worthy.” Paul wrote in previous three chapters about what we have since we’ve trusted Christ. For the rest of the book, he will tell us how we ought to act in light of this truth. On one side of our scale is what Paul described in chapters 1-3. Paul now says the other side, our behavior, must balance or be “worthy” of what is true of us. Do you walk “worthy” of who you are in Christ? Does your conduct balance with what Christ has done in you? Does your walk match your talk? What changes do you need to make to walk a “worthy” one?
Observation: What do I see?
Interpretation: What does it mean?
Application: How does it apply to me?
Implementation: What do I do?