I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called
Again, Colossians 1:10
…walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God
Again, 1 Thessalonians 2:12
…walk worthy of God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory
Have you ever received anything that you know you didn’t deserve? Maybe your professor gave a you passing grade when you know you deserved to fail, or maybe when you were a child and you did something wrong but instead of being punished you’re allowed to hang out with your friends? That’s called grace. Grace is receiving something you don’t deserve just because. Because you’re loved and because for some reason the other person deems you worthy of it. Your Heavenly Father is the same way.
He is omniscient; He knows everything you’ve done, are doing, and will do. He knows that if you were to fill out an application for His kingdom, you wouldn’t be qualified. Not on your own at least. Christ in you is your hope of glory. He’s the only reason God can look upon you and not see a single blemish because He’s looking through the lens of Jesus Christ. What Jesus did for you on the cross made you qualified to enter His presence and receive the calling in which you are called, your purpose on earth.
Worthy is described as having or showing the qualities or abilities that merit recognition in a specified way. When we walk worthy of something we’re displaying confidence in the position we serve. God has called you to something. Maybe it’s to teach or preach; or maybe it’s to be a writer, or a doctor, or an entrepreneur. Whatever it is, you’ve been called to walk worthy, confidently, in it because you are qualified. It’s not because of anything you’ve done but because of Christ, your hope of glory, you are qualified to all things that strengthen you. You don’t have to walk around earth with your head down wondering, “Why am I here?” God’s word tells you why and what you need to be doing on earth! Through His Spirit and the Word, He will instruct you and equip you in your calling on earth so that you can walk confidently and complete the task.
As Kingdom people, we must walk worthy of the calling in which we were called. And if you don’t know where your calling starts, Jesus says, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature…In my name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents;…; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” (Mark 16:15, 17-18) That’s the Great Commission given to EVERY Christian, and I believe Jesus says this to the disciples so there’s no confusion about what to do next after he ascends into Heaven.
We shouldn’t be confused either. God designed us on purpose for purpose. We’re not ornaments, we weren’t just left here to make the world look pretty. We have things to do, in order to, serve the Lord because He’s worthy. And His worthiness is inside of us so that we can accomplish all things in Him. Here are some ways to walk worthy:
- Read God’s Word: I can’t stress this enough, read your Bible. It is vital for life on earth. One dose on Sunday isn’t going to cut it. It has to be a lifestyle. You can’t possibly do what God has called you to do, if you don’t know what He says about you. ALL of what He says. That’s like going to the store for your parent and not taking the grocery list with you. Or better yet, going to the store with only a portion of the list. You don’t have all the ingredients, and now what needs to be made can’t be made. You’re left with speculation and earthly opinions when you don’t allow the voice of God to instruct you on your purpose on earth. Why take advice from the creation when you can hear from the Creator himself?
- Believe His Word (No Matter What): There’s a Christian saying, “Let God’s Word be the truth and everything else be made a lie.” What that means is, you’re going to hear a lot of things, some good and some bad. But even if it’s good, if it’s not God, don’t receive it. 1 Corinthians 10:23 says all things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful. That means you have the freedom to do or believe anything but that doesn’t mean all things are beneficial for you. Our identity is in Christ now and we don’t live according to the way the world lives, therefore, we can’t receive everything the world says (if anything at all). We have to walk worthy, and walking worthy means keeping God’s word above all others in order to fulfill our purpose.
- Be Confident: My mother always said, “Even if you don’t know what you’re doing, act like you do.” It sounds funny but it’s true! Do you know that the Bible says to be IMITATORS of God (Ephesians 5:1)? God is literally telling us to fake it til we make it. And although that sounds strange, whatever you imitate you will become. Like children, if they see their parents rolling their eyes at each other, eventually they’ll think it’s okay to roll their eyes. We are God’s children. So imagine how many good traits we could pick up just by imitating His character? Jesus was confident. He knew His purpose and fulfilled His purpose. He didn’t stutter when He spoke, He knew what He was talking about, and He wasn’t distracted by the things of this world. Let’s imitate Christ and act like we know why we’re here, in order to be who we’re supposed to be.
Walking worthy is as easy as clocking into work everyday. You know your position, you know why you’re there, and you do what you have to do. Just like it may have taken some time to learn your position at work, it’ll take time to learn your position in the Kingdom. But thankfully, God has given us our entire lives on earth to figure that out (however long that may be). And since we don’t know how long we’re going to be here, let’s make it our mission to not waste time. I pray that you walk worthy in the calling in which you were called. I pray you walk with confidence, and speak boldly as you ought to. I pray that you don’t doubt God living in you, and I pray that you understand you can do ALL things through Christ that strengthens you.