This isn’t one of those self-help posts. But, if you stick with it, I promise you that you will learn secrets that will power up your walk with God in ways you may never expect. You see, we often correlate Christianity as another “self-help” method, but one with religious implications. The truth is, however, Christianity isn’t about self-help, but rather living a life that makes Jesus famous. We often say that we must walk worthy of the calling, but what does that actually mean? You’ll be surprised to find that the Christian walk is a power-packed way to get to the core of who Christ made you to be.
What It Means to Walk Worthy of Our Calling
My best friend wasn’t raised a Christian, in fact, she was raised in a household where occultic practices were used to make her submit to authority, distrust, and live a fearful life. When God radically saved her, she was discipled by a woman who wanted her to know what it meant to walk in the freedom that Christ died to give her. The spirit of freedom was what Christ wanted her to have, and it was replacing the spirit of control that the enemy worked hard to place in her life.
“It is for freedom that Christ set us free. Stand firm then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of bondage.” Galatians 5:1.
Christ set us free so that we can choose to live a life that brings Him glory! We no longer need to be burdened by the bondage that sin operates in our life. The walk-worthy meaning is that we are free to make choices that align with God’s highest and best purposes in our lives.
How to Walk Worthy of the Lord
There is a little book I read in my early twenties that changed the way I viewed sin. That book was called “Practicing the Presence of God” by Brother Lawrence. Previously, I thought the entire Christian walk was about eliminating sin, when actually its about living in the abundant life that Christ died for us to have. “God did not keep back his own Son, but he gave him for us. If God did this, won’t he freely give us everything else?” Romans 8:32.
Brother Lawrence was a lowly monk who had a hip deformity that caused him to limp. But he knew how to practice the presence of God so that people from all over would come and watch him wash dishes, just so they could experience the feeling of God in the kitchen!
This monk trusted God so completely to remove sin from his life, that he would simply say to Jesus when he sinned: “you already knew I was a sinner, please help me remove this sin.” He didn’t try to cover it up, excuse it or justify it. He would confess his shortcomings, come back into right relationship with God, and enjoy the Lord’s presence.
When I read that, I stopped trying to “self-help” myself away from sin. I started letting Jesus take my sin. I would confess something like gossip, and then months would go by, and I realized Jesus had helped me not to gossip in all that time! If I caught myself sinning with gossip again, I would simply confess once again, and Jesus would lift the burden of that sin from my life.
To walk worthy of our calling means that we are letting Jesus lift the burden of sin from our life so we can enjoy perfect fellowship with Him like Adam and Eve did prior to their fall in the garden.
Here are ways that we walk worthy of our calling:
Discover Your Unique Gifts
Discover who you are in God. The first step in walking worthy of your calling is understanding what your calling is! Each of us individually have special gifts and talents to serve God. We need to discover what those gifts are, and how to use them for the body of Christ, and to bring Jesus glory. What does the Bible say about walking in your calling? It says that we all have different functions in the body, and knowing your function helps you serve the body and Christ in the best way.
Love One Another
Loving one another is hard! What is the meaning of Ephesians chapter 4? In Ephesians 4 we are told to walk in humility, patience, and gentleness, but sometimes this is hard to do! Maybe we are upset with somebody in the body of Christ, or we are having a bad day, or there are tragedies at work in our lives. By giving Jesus our sin, he helps us walk in love toward one another, and then we are free to enjoy Him and His presence.
To walk worthy of our calling comes down to one simple command that Jesus gave us: “Love your neighbor as you love yourself” Mark 12:31. Loving ourselves means that we are learning about the personality, soul, and spirit that God gave us, and discovering who God made us to be. When we discover our calling, we give Jesus glory by walking out that calling in our lives. Let’s walk worthy of our calling by honoring and loving the skills, gifts, and desires that God has placed within us.
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Meet the Author
Angela Meer developed Daily Grow, a monthly bullet journal subscription box for Christian women. She airs the podcast “God-Sized Dreams in Bite-Sized Chunks.” Her husband and she run a ministry in southern Oregon, with a satellite hub in Patmos, Greece. They adore Sci-fi, video games, rain, and coffee, and do it all while juggling two house cats in southern Oregon.