I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called. (ESV – Read the chapter)
For the previous three chapters Paul has been unpacking the incredibly high nature of the calling those who are in Christ have received from Him. It is not just a high calling, but a holy one.
In Christ, we are called to be a part of the family of God. We are given the opportunity to be no longer spiritual orphans, adrift in a harsh world, bouncing from master to master, getting used and abused all the while.
In Christ, we are called to be a part of the expansion of God’s kingdom. The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, but for the time being the devil is the ruler of this world. It is his kingdom. When Jesus came, lived, died, and rose again, though, He announced the arrival and the coming of the kingdom of God. This is both a homecoming and also an invasion. We are part of the honor guard of this coming king.
In Christ, we are part of the advancement of the Gospel into this world. We are the heralds of the message of hope, healing, and eternal life that has the power to totally transform the lives of all who hear and receive it. We have the privilege of bringing with us everywhere we go the words of life that bring freedom.
This is indeed a high calling. So what should we do with it? Live lives that are worthy of it. Every decision we make should be filtered through this lens: Is this worthy of the calling I have received in Christ? In every situation we must ask ourselves: Will what I am doing now ring with consonance with my position as a child of God? Will this contribute to the advancement of the kingdom? Will this help people see, understand, and experience the Gospel and its transformational good news? We have been called to be bearers of life. We need to live like it. Otherwise, how will people know this calling is one in which they should desire to share?