I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called. Ephesians 4:1
In Psalm 1:1 we are told, “Blessed [happy] is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.” Paul spent the first first three chapters of Ephesians describing what God has done for us, what He has provided for us and describing the great mystery of God’s wonderful, love, grace and mercy though Jesus Christ. Paul taught us how to sit and learn. Now starting in Ephesians 4, Paul will describe how we are to walk and later he will tell us how we are to stand. Today’s church will see people saved and then quite often demand that they walk before taking the time to simply sit with them.
Many commentators divide Ephesians into three sections. The first being the wealth of the believer. We must first sit and learn what God has truly done for us and that we are sitting in the heavenlies. Next is the walk of the believer, or the conduct and progress of the believer. Third there is the warfare of the believer, or how the believer succeeds in the spiritual battle that rages in and around us at all times. Let’s look as Paul will describe in verses 2-3 how this worthy walk is to look:
“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.”
Lowliness (v. 2): a worthy walk is a humble walk, a modest walk, a walk that demonstrates that we have no moral capability within ourselves. First Peter 5:6 states, “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time.” A proud person lifts himself as high as he can. A humble person is lifted by God as high as God can.Meekness (v. 2): In the original language the word meekness is related to suffering. It is a type of mildness and gentleness that is demonstrated in times of suffering. Suffering and trials may bring out the worst in us, but it should bring out the best in us when we are walking with God.Longsuffering (v. 2): In the Greek language this is makrothurmia (a long and large burning). Longsuffering is more than patience. It is patience beyond patience. It is to wait with steadfastness, while maintaining a positive attitude and words toward God and others and it may hurt.Forebearing one another in love (v. 2): Forebearing means to hold up and sustain one another and we are to do this in love. We are to endure one another through the hard and trying times. We must endure and encourage even those that may be try our patience. We still need to stand firm and be a rock-solid support.Endeavoring (v. 3): To endeavor is to make haste, exert and be diligent. We are to diligently and quickly maintain unity in the church and according to verse 3 this unity is only accomplished through he Spirit of God. We cannot create unity, but rather the Spirit does that as we diligently obey Him and practice lowliness, meekness, longsuffering, and forebear one another.
How’s your walk with God? Is it worthy? Are you willing to sit with new believers for a while and help them to see the great riches God has provided for them? Does your life demonstrate for them the lowliness, humility, and longsuffering that they need to see for their growth? Are we holding one another up even when we don’t feel like it? These are characteristics and qualities of a worthy walk.