Walking Worthy

Posted on 29. Jul, 2010 by in The Body

OK, one last post for the day.  My most prolific day ever!

I have been reading in Ephesians, lately, and today ventured into Philippians.  The following verses caught my attention:

1Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, 2with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, 3being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; 5one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.”

Ephesians 4:1-6

27Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;
Philippians 1:27
Both of these texts discuss “walking worthy”, and both give very similar descriptions of how we do that. Maintaining our unity is seen in both passages as being a central part of “walking worthy”.  I am sure there are other scriptures as well, but these were the ones that struck me today.


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2 Responses to “Walking Worthy”

  1. Alan Knox 30 July 2010 at 7:03 am #

    Mark,

    Great thoughts! The verb translated “conduct yourselves” in Phil 1:27 is literally “live as good citizens”. Of course, we have to ask ourselves of what country/kingdom are we citizens… then we realize that Paul is saying to live as citizens of God’s kingdom. And, you’re absolutely right… unity is a huge part of that. We are united in Christ, and we must live in that unity.

    -Alan

    • Mark 30 July 2010 at 9:52 pm #

      Thanks for the background, Alan. I wish I had the time and patience to learn Greek, as it adds a great deal to our understanding of scripture. Welcome home, by the way. I look forward to reading your thoughts. From my short time blogging it seems that the Lord is really focusing on connecting the body in a more global manner, and I imagine your trip brought out some of that.

      Mark


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