Ephesians 4:1 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called…
I once had a close friend who often prayed, “Lord, help us live a life that is worthy to be called – Christian.” No doubt he formed that prayer from the passage we have just read.
What would a walk worthy to be called Christian look like? Consider with me what Paul teaches us in the following verses.
1. A walk worthy to be called Christian involves patience
Ephesians 4:1 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. ESV
2. A walk worthy to be called Christian involves purity
Ephesians 4:17 Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds…20 But that is not the way you learned Christ!— 21 assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, 22 to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, 23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. ESV
3. A walk worthy to be called Christian involves honesty and integrity
Ephesians 4:25 Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. ESV
4. A walk worthy to be called Christian involves forgiveness
Ephesians 4:26 Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and give no opportunity to the devil. 31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
A walk that is worthy to be called Christian doesn’t always come natural. It requires dedication and discipline. I pray that each of us will make the commitment needed each day in order for us to walk with our Savior.