“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called”
The manner of life for the Christian is to be in such a way that manifests itself as “worthy” of the calling. The believers walk is to be consistent with the calling to which they have been called. This goes to identity of the individual; live as one who has been called to a particular way of living. Because of the calling that the Christian has on their life they are then to live out that calling. The identity to which Christians have been given and called to exemplify will show forth in the way that they live their lives. Paul points to his imprisoned state to show that it does not matter what station the Christian finds themselves in, the manner in which life is conducted and manifested to others must be consistent with the calling they have received from God.
Theology Implication: This passage also highlights that there is a way in which we can live that is not worthy of our calling. Our identity requires a certain type of living and by the power of the Spirit we need to live in that way. But when we walk as “children of darkness” we do one of two things. Show that we are not genuinely children of the light. Or we grieve the Spirit of God (Eph 4:30). To walk worthy of our calling is to be in step with the pattern that goes against the world or in the good works God prepared (Eph 2:10).
Article By: Caleb Nedimyer