A WORTHY LIFE! The Apostle Paul, while sitting in a prison cell sent this message to the Christians living in Ephesus, “As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received,” (Ephesians 4:1 NIV). Christians are called to be Christ-followers. How then do we live a life worthy of that calling? What does Paul mean? He describes part of that worthy lifestyle like this, “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace,” (vs.2-3). Paul also spends the remainder of the book of Ephesians describing how Christians should live. If Christians would learn to live in humility, gentleness, patience and spend life loving on people with the love of Christ that would make most people think we were living a worthy life. But those characteristics are really just the beginning of a worthy life as described in God’s book. For a fuller description read the rest of the book of Ephesians.
People all around us are evaluating the value or worthiness of our lives. Most would never admit to doing that. Some only count a person’s value or worthiness in life based on wealth, education, position, country of occupancy, or other social values or standings. A worthy life is only one that meets their standards. The current abortion and euthanasia debates illustrate this. Unfortunately there are many Christians who also evaluate people on this basis. But God has a different value system than the world does. As Christians it is our obligation and privilege before God to live up to the calling we have from Him as Christ-followers. We should have as our goal and we should strive to attain and live a worthy life lived on His standards as revealed in the Word of God. When we reach the end of this life it does not matter how much money we have, how many possessions we own, what educational degrees we have, or where we live. What does matter is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and the kind of life we have lived; and for the Christian that should be a worthy life lived by His standards.