Worthy of Our Calling
A Sermon on Ephesians 4:1-3
Unity in the Body of Christ
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (ESV)
The Christian life is not to be lived in a purely intellectual way, nor is it to be lived in a way that forgets about doctrine. The Christian life is to be lived worthy of the calling to which we have been called. Listen as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones gives clarity to how we are to walk worthy, and the calling to which we have been called. Lloyd-Jones begins by giving two definitions for the word worthy. First, is simply to have equal weight. As Christians the way that we walk worthy is by placing equal emphasis on both doctrine and practice. The second definition is becoming, or proper. It is proper to wear matching clothes. In the same way, it is proper for our life to match our doctrine. Doctrine must come first as the foundational garment, and the life comes second as the adorning garment. The second word the Doctor focuses on is calling. God has called us with an effectual call, and through this call he has saved us to himself. He has called us to be holy, to be a royal priesthood, to be his sons and daughters, to be co-heirs of Christ’s inheritance, and so much more. Because of this calling we are to walk in a manner that is worthy and pleasing to God.