from Lynda Lindsey
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. Ephesians 4:1-3
Now this I say…that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. They have become callous… Ephesians 4:17-19(a)
Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into Him who is the head, into Christ. Ephesians 4:15
Complying with a summons, a call by an authority to appear, come or do something, involves breaking away from one’s usual duties and attending to the terms of the summons before resuming one’s personal responsibilities. Paul, however, urgently summons us away from our old life, exhorts us to walk in a manner worthy of Christ, and implores us to never return to our old ways. Our past involved futile, pointless activity. Without Christ we were without hope; we wandered in darkness, our hearts dull and unresponsive to God.
Now that our hearts are illumined by the Holy Spirit, we desire to please Christ. We want our actions to bring Him glory. Just as children leave childish behaviors behind as they grow, so we also grow in Christian maturity. Once, habitually arrogant, impatient, and selfish, now we desire to walk humbly and gently, patiently bearing with one another in love. We seek unity and peace, not division and strife. Lying, stealing, foul speech give way to truth telling, hard work, and speaking encouraging words to others. Bitterness and resentment yield to kindness, forgiveness, and tenderheartedness.
Is perfection our goal? Hardly! Our goal is to walk, and keep on walking, toward Christ; to grow, and keep on growing, in godly wisdom, love, and truth. Christ followers rejoice that there is now no condemnation in Christ Jesus. When we fall short, we seek His forgiveness, when we are wronged, we forgive others, and in both cases, we keep on walking. God does not shame or condemn a repentant child; He is continually for us, urging us onward. It pleases God to see His children walk consistently in His light, so walk, and keep on walking. Christ has called you to a worthy walk. How’s yours?