Living Worthy of our Callings
Text: I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation where with ye are called. Eph 4:1
Chapter One to Three of the Epistle of Paul to the Ephesians, theological issues were discussed by Paul. His mind was to put the church on a strong theological standing.
In Chapter four to Six, Paul exhorted the Church; he knew that their theological knowledge is to be depicted in their Christian praxis. There should not be any difference between theology and praxis. St. Paul started his exhortation in Chapter Four with this admonition: “Walk worthy of the vocation where with ye were called”. NIV translation translated the word walk as ‘Live’. The Greek word, in transliteration peripateo, also mean live, follow, be occupied with. St. Paul is hereby admonishing those in Christ to conduct themselves as church.
The vocation or calling in this text refers to the name, the status, the dignity and privileges which come from our acceptance of Christ and admission into the Church-Body of Christ. II Cor. 5:17 say: ”therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new”. As a new creature and citizen of the kingdom of Christ Jesus we have work to do (John 17:16).
We have to use our earthly citizenship, civil rights, and social life under the influence of the laws of the kingdom. We have to set aside frivolity, clever impudence, unscrupulous exaggeration and distortion of truth (Matthew 24:38-39, I Tim. 4:7). We have to avoid and stand against indecency and be modest in all things.
We are to be honestly religious and be committed to kingdom business. We are to do all in our power to put to silence all those who speak foolish things about our religion (I Pet. 2:15). We are to discipline ourselves and make sure we grow daily in conformity to the mind of Christ. (Rom. 13:14, Phil. 3:12-14)
Paul as well advised that we put on the following qualities: The first is humility, this suggests humble position and modesty. The second is gentleness or meekness; this is not to be overly impressed by a sense of one’s importance. The third is patience; this is ability to persevere under difficult circumstances.
Beloved, we are in the world but not of the world (John 15:19). We are not to conform to the patterns of the world (Rom. 12:2). We are of the kingdom of Christ, and so shall be our walk.
Very Revd Adewale Adebiyi Ph.D