Walk Worthy, Boasting in the Lord
- Date: February 23, 2017
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “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 longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:1-3)
- From Put On Christ
Ephesians is clearly divided into two parts. It's cut right down the middle. One of them is doctrine and our legal position in Christ, and the other one is our daily responsibility of obedience and love and care for one another. Many of us want to live over here in the doctrine. We want to quote the doctrine, and we want to confess what we are in Christ. How many of you know that you can't have one without the other?
We see this distinction. You can look at it real quickly. The distinction begins in Chapter 4. He's given us the riches of His grace-down here in Chapter 3. It's all of the foundational principles of who we are in Jesus. Chapter 3, verses 20 and 21 say, "Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think , according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen." He starts off Chapter 4 with this in verse 1: "I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called." We are called to be the righteousness of God. We're called to be raised up and seated with Him in heavenly places. We are predestined as sons of God to rule and reign with Him. "I admonish you to walk worthy of this vocation, 'With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love' (Ephesians 4:2)." We sit here, and we're proclaiming all that sonship affords us. It almost sounds like boasting, doesn't it? In fact it is, but we're boasting in the Lord. We're boasting in the finished work of Jesus. We're boasting in this miracle that God could take us and transform us into the image of Christ. Then he says, "Now, hallelujah! Let's live it today." Those things are what you are predestined to become. Where are we in this process of sanctification that's leading us to that glorification? Where are we in his admonition to walk worthy of this vocation? Where are we in our lowliness?
Some of you sitting here today and are saying, "Man, we were rolling. We were doing good when we were being raised up, and here you are with lowliness again." It's a Bible principle. You can't be raised up without lowliness. You can only be raised up when you humble yourself in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up. We want to take the legal promises of Ephesians and lift ourselves up. "Look at me. Look at what the Bible says I am." That's what the Bible says you are, but are you acting like that? You have to be very careful, because your professions can become boasting in something other than the Lord very many times. It can become a boasting in our accomplishments, our achievements, or our disciplines: the fact that I get up earlier than anyone else in the fellowship here to pray. "I pray more hours than the others. I study more. I've memorized more Scripture." And all of those things are good, but they are worthless if it isn't for the glory of God and if it's not done in Jesus.