Imagine a tall board fence between two large fenced in yards on the left side of the fence is a large disgruntled pit bull and on the right side of the fence is a big black rottweiler who has not yet had his lunch then walking along the top of the fence is a cat carefully balancing her way along step by step. She can’t step too far to the right or the left. She must keep going till she safely passes through the danger to the other side where safety awaits, so the balancing act continues.
I was reminded of this story as I viewed Corry’s blog yesterday. (It is a picture of a cat and several dogs.) This picture shows the balancing act we try to perform on a daily basis. In searching for balance in the Christian life we have discussed the guidelines of “Pleasing God” and “Loving Others.” The third guideline we need to adopt is that of “Our personal walk with the Lord.” This concept builds on the other guidelines. Can we please God if our walk is not right? Can we love others the way we should if our attitude is full of anger, bitterness, or pride?
The book of Ephesians has much to say regarding how we should walk as a Christian and how we should act toward each other. Paul in the Scriptures gives the first challenge the Ephesians to “Walk Worthy In Unity”.
Ephesians 4:1-3 reads, “I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, with all lowliness and meekness, with long suffering forbearing one another in love; endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
First of all what does it mean to walk worthy. I looked up “worthy” in the dictionary and the definition is “having worth, value or merit; deserving” I believe this has to do with knowing who you are in Christ. When I repented of my sin and accepted the salvation that was offered to me through Christ redemptive work on the cross, I became a child of God. I became one of his own. I was undeserving because of my sin nature, but through Christ I am accepted by God. When God looks at me, He sees not my righteousness, but the righteousness of Christ imputed or cast upon me by Christ himself. It is not about me, but about who Christ is! We have been made joint-heirs with Christ. We are made right before God. We are made over in the righteousness in Christ. Paul is telling us today to walk with merit and value in the place that God has called us to serve. He has given us all something to do.
We are unique individuals that is what makes us special in the body of Christ. We are uniquely equipped for a special purpose by God for the furthering of His kingdom. So we need to walk knowing our worth in Christ, but not letting it go to our head causing it to swell with pride. When we look back at verse 2, we see we are to walk with “lowliness, and meekness, with long suffering, forbearing one another in love.” If we practice each one of these traits, we will be treating each other the way that Christ intended which is knowing our worth in Him and treating others with respect and love.
Verse 3 wraps up the why of verse 1 &2. We should practice these attitudes because we are working toward a common goal: Unity. God wants his people to be unified in our goals, in our purpose, and in our dealing with each other. We should “endeavour” or work hard “to keep up the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. God wants his children to get along with each other. This is not something that comes to us naturally. It comes by each of us letting the love of Christ radiate through us. I can do nothing outside of His grace and mercy, yet through Him these things are possible. We must pray for and strive for unity. The Bible tells us to live peaceably with all men. It sounds unrealistic to be at peace and in unity with everyone. We quote, “with God all things are possible,” but do we with faith grab hold of this concept and believe. With God, I can love the person who is unlovely. With God, I can be unified with my brothers and sisters in Christ. With God, I can be at peace with all men. We must move from possible to probable. Through Christ, it can happen!!!
“Watch your walk because your walk talks louder than your talk talks.”