Walking Worthy

I spent much of my life thinking I was living okay. I was a “good” girl in the eyes of pretty much everyone. I didn’t do all of those things (drinking, drugs, sex, etc.) that many of my friends were doing. In college my life began to change. I started really studying the Bible on my own, but I realized through a painful experience that I really didn’t know who I was. I had placed all of my identity in a person instead of who I was in Christ. 

The next summer I returned to Boot Camp as a counselor where we studied Ephesians, and God rocked my world through the Apostle Paul! Ephesians quickly became my favorite book and I continue to learn from it. I decided that summer that I wanted Ephesians 4:1-3 to be my life verse. 

“Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:1-3

 These truths revealed my pride and continue to. I constantly need to be reminded of who I am without Christ. I need to remember that who I am now in Christ has nothing to do with me or anything I did. And when I go back and look at my favorite passage, I focus on what it means for me to walk worthy. The word worthy here is quite rich. It means to walk in a way that balances the scales. It gives the idea that the way we walk or live our lives should be balanced with the grace we have received and our new identity in Christ. For me, that was a BIG WOW moment. Paul basically slapped me in the face. He made me realize that the way I live my life proves where my identity is. It proves where my allegiance lies. It shows whether or not grace has invaded my life. It shows whether or not I am truly saved. To walk in a manner worthy is not an option it’s an identity. 

I really began to grasp this truth when I was struggling with my identity. It changed me and my pursuit in life. My life no longer became about how good I could look to the world but how much I look like Jesus. I realized quickly that I didn’t have what it takes to walk worthy. Instead I learned I can only walk worthy when I am connected to Jesus. He is the only one that allows me to walk in the way described in the rest of verses 2-3. Just like I can’t be in Christ without Christ, I can’t walk worthy without Him. It’s an interesting paradox. I’m called to walk worthy, but I cannot do it myself. When I am connected to Him and spending time with Him, walking worthy becomes a part of my identity. It is a part of who I am, not that something I do. 

I definitely have not arrived at walking worthy, but I hope each day I become more and more like Jesus. My hope is that He invades every part of me. Sometimes that invading is painful because it requires me to deal with my sin. I pray that as you read this you are reminded of all that God has done for you and that He prompts you to allow Him to invade every part of your life. My prayer is that you would join me as I strive to walk worthy.

 

 

 
Ashlee is a native New Mexican living as a missionary in Texas. She is a small group leader in the youth group of her church and has been involved with Transform Student Ministries for 13 years. She knows she brings nothing to the table with her relationship with God and any ministry He allows her to be a part of.  She is a hostile enveloped in the grace of God.

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10.15.12

Thank you very much for this article. I had searched google for “learn to walk worthy paradox” and this article was the first hit. your insights into the paradox of walking worthy have been very beneficial for me. I dont know anything about this blog or your ministry but I very thankful for how God is working through you if for only this article alone. Persevere in the faith, God is working through you:)

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