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Walk Worthy

I just read Ephesians 4:1, “…walk worthy of the calling with which you were called.”

First of all, Ephesians in general is blowing my mind right now. It contains some of the loftiest ideas in the whole Bible, as I see it.
Anyway, Paul has pretty much taken the first three chapters to describe the newness of life and the all-surpassing blessings which are now freely ours in Christ. He then starts off chapter 4 with this assumption and says, “Now walk worthy of it…”
Sorry for getting grammatical, but ‘worthy’ here is an adverb modifying ‘walk.’ It is not referring to whether the individual is himself worthy. In fact the worthiness of the individual is expressly stated in the previous chapters – a worthiness not earned through good works, but imputed by grace. Thus, Paul is not telling us how to be worthy, but how we ought to walk now that we are worthy. That is, considering the redemption, the adoption and the heavenly position we have in Christ, it is only sensibly for us to live in such a way as to match the dignity, honor, holiness and glory into which we have been called.

My thought for the day…

Categories: Bible, Life

Little Interruptions

I just had a wonderful experience that I thought I’d share. I’m sitting here at work, organizing the files on my computer (a necessity every couple of months), and I stumble accross a study on the Sermon on the Mount. I open it up, and read through my outline and get to the section outlining Jesus’ teaching on oath-taking. His basic instruction is to simply not make any oaths. He then says, “Let your yes be yes, and your no be no. Anything more comes from evil.” I had this under the heading of “The priority of honesty.”

Now, none of this probably seems overly profound to you, and that’s okay. This little post is not about honesty, but about the ways God interrupts our routine. You see, regardless of the level of profundity offered by this teaching, something “leaped” inside of me – maybe like Elizabeth’s unborn baby leaped in her womb when Mary, pregnant with the Savior of the world,¬†walked through her door. It’s an experience I don’t have a lot, but it’s something often termed “the witness of the Spirit.” I’ve found it is a way the Holy Spirit gets our attention. A sudden jolt to say “Listen to this!”

So I had this “witness” as I read that passage – “Let your yes be yes, and your no be no.” In a way, God spoke to me. He let me know that this was important for me to grasp. I immediately became aware of the many little things I say and do that are dishonest, even in those “little white” ways. God convicted my heart and challenged me to radical honesty.

You see, God interrupted my day. I was at work, frankly very unaware of Him, or of my life as a child of God, very distracted by my menial (and meaningless) task, and all of a sudden I was in His presence, even as I am now. I was aware of heaven, and of the calling on my life, and who I am in Christ.

I pray for more of these “interruptions.” I welcome them! I pray God would interrupt your day too. Your interruption will be different from mine. God has things He wants to say to YOU, that are different from His messages to me. I realize that I must be more open to His Spirit and His voice than I normally am.

Just passing along my experiences…hope you’ve been encouraged.

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