1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
When I first read this verse quickly, I have to ask myself how can I possibly walk worthy of all that God has done for me? When I was a young Christian I thought this would be impossible. But as I grow in the Lord I realized that nothing God tells us to do is impossible. Therefore there must be a way to walk worthy in God’s eyes. So we have to try to see ourselves through God’s eyes, and figure out what it would take for us individually to walk worthy in the vocation where we’re called.
The important thing to remember in this is he is talking about walking in your vocation. Do you attribute your job situation as a blessing from God? Do you thank God for the job that you have, which is the vocation that you have? The first thing we have to do is acknowledge that God has put us where He wants us. The vocation that you are called into is the job that you currently have. If God opens up a door for a different vocation, than that is where you’re called. So now we can put this in a little more perspective. He wants us to walk worthy in a job situation, or in a ministry.
What exactly does that mean? There are many admonitions in the Bible to obey those in authority over you. Are you praying for your bosses and not talking about them behind their back? Are you doing the tasks that they give you as good as you possibly can? If you are then you’re walking worthy. Do you always get there on time and not take extra time for breaks or lunch? Do you respect your time when you’re using the computer? If you are then you’re walking worthy. Do you do the task your given without grumbling or complaining and do you do them to the very best of your ability each and every time? If you do then you’re walking worthy.
You see it is a testimony to the world when we work hard and do it with joy. People notice and they will ask, especially if you have a difficult boss and difficult coworkers. Now if you happen to be the boss, walking worthy entails being respectful to your employees, treating them as you would want to be treated, and supplying them tasks that they can accomplish. The work that we do, the vocation we have, should be a testimony to the Lord and should bring him glory. Remember we are a light on a hill, and God says we should do our good works and glorify our Father which is in heaven. When we do that we’re walking worthy
2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
Now here’s the hard part. You might be doing all those things above, but are you doing them with loneliness, which is humility? Are you not being prideful about them, but doing them in a total sense of servitude, not looking for any Glory or any praise. You are just making sure you’re getting the job done. Are you doing your job or your vocation with meekness. I define meekness as having the power but knowing where it comes from. The power comes from God and it is not ours. When we are meek we are not showing off and being boastful because it is God that supplies our strength and not us.
The next one is longsuffering, or patience. Do you have patience with your coworkers when they might not get a piece of work done that needs to get done before you can proceed? Do you have patience to carry out a task, or maybe a machine is broken down, or your computer doesn’t want to work right? Do you have patience with you boss? Or if you’re the boss, with your employees? Can have patience with their imperfections, because we all have them. And forbearing one another in love. Do you see others as more important than yourself? Do you try to solve disagreements instead of causing disagreements? Do you put up with all the other people’s imperfections? Remember that they have to put up with yours! And all of these things should be done in love. Remember it’s a testimony to the lost.
3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
And why do we have to do all these things? To keep Unity. Whether it’s in the church or in the workplace, we have to do everything we can to bring peace to that atmosphere. Remember as Christians we have been given a peace that passes all understanding. We should carry that with us wherever we go. If it’s in the church then we must make sure that we are an element of Peace, not partition. We must make sure that we are not causing conflict in our church, or in our home, or n our workplace. When Paul talks about walking worthy of the vocation that we’re called, this is relevant to the church and the workplace and the family. In each one we have a different calling, a different vocation, and we have a responsibility to carry it out. The way that we carry it out will either bring unity or division. Let’s make sure that we’re bringing unity in all of our situations. That will be a much better testimony for God.