Updated: Mar 30, 2020
-What does it mean when scripture instructs us to: 'Walk a walk worthy of the Lord?'
-Jesus, the Lord of glory who was devoid of all sin, voluntarily died an agonizing, painful, cruel and humiliating death on the cross, giving His life ...FOR US.
-In contemporary language: 'He took the bullet for us.' All of our sins were nailed to the cross with Him. His shed blood cleansed us, and washed our garments white as snow.
-So, then how do we keep ourselves and our garments clean?
-How do we keep ourselves 'worthy' of what Jesus did for us?
The Apostle Paul tells us in:
Ephesians 4:1 'As a prisoner for the LORD, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.'
1 Thessalonians 2:12 '... encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.'
Colossians 1:10 'so that you may live a life worthy of the LORD and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God'
The biblical definition of worthiness means to be competent, fit, able, suitable, or appropriate ... having adequate or great merit, character, or value: a worthy successor.
---God is telling us is that we must live a life that's holy and acceptable to Him, worthy of the pain and agony Jesus suffered on the cross at Calvary for us. People can no longer make light of what He did, or consider it 'no big deal' as some think. (ex) Kenneth Copeland - what he said making light of what Jesus did.
---So, how do we live holy lives worthy of our calling in Christ Jesus?
1Peter 4:1-2, gives us a glimpse of what we should do, and how we should live to walk a walk worthy of Jesus' sacrifice:
"Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God." (Stop seeking so many fleshly pleasures/focus on the things of God)
Three things we must do to live holy and keep ourselves clean:
(1) We must first REPENT of all sinful behavior. 'Repentance' means to 'turn from evil, then turn to good.' Turn from our wicked ways, then turn to how God wants us to live as written in the Bible. And ... not go back to them.
(2) The Bible tells us in Matthew 6:33 to "Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and its righteousness ..." and then God will give us the spiritual and the material things we desire. (But not always the material things) (Explain: God gives us what we need, not always what we desire). (Ex) Many fall due to riches (ex) Perhaps this is why many Christians don't have wealth, to keep us close to God.
(3) Live Godly. How?
I. We must seek Humility (Def: 'A modest or low view of one's own importance; humbleness.' It's the opposite of PRIDE.) We must humble ourselves before God and towards others: How? (Listed 5 things ... but more)
A. Be submissive to others.
-In 1Pet 5:5-6, "... Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for 'God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.' Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time."
-In Jas 4:10, "Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up."
-Also asking God, in prayer, for a humble heart.
(ex) This is what a hero is made of ... sacrificing his or her own safety, or even life, for another. (Ex. Jerry Burg who received a bronze star for heroism)
B. Avoid pridefulness. (God hates pride. Lucifer's fall).
-In Prov 16:18, "Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall"
-In Isaiah 2:12, "The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, The haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, And the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day." (Explain)
Why should a man or woman be prideful and arrogant?
What do we possess that God has not given us?
(ex) Looks and talent of an actor. (ex) professional athlete.
C. Avoid selfishness.
Romans 15:1-3 tells us: 'We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up. For even Christ did not please himself ...'