02 May 2009

Church, Walk Worthy of One Another

Do we as Christians think that God owes us anything? Do we think that He is our get out of jail card and we can continue to live our old selfish lives in the presence of His holiness? See when a person follows the Lord Jesus they are making a statement "I no longer live, but Christ lives in me". It means that I'm never coming back because He owns me, He is the master and Lord of my life. So I ask the question:

What does it mean to walk, or live the Christian life? Does it mean!

1. A happier life
2. More money
3. More success
4. More friends
5. More prestige
6. A greater fulfillment of self
7. Better marriage
8. Better children
9. Better health
10. Better home and personal possessions

If you answered Yes to all those things, then you really don’t understand what it is to live and walk the Christian life. Well! What’s the answer then? What is it to walk the Christian life? There is one thing we need to understand, before we can walk worthy as a Christian, we need to understand what it means to be redeemed.

Redeemed means: To buy back from the “Slave Market”, delivered from bondage, distress, penalty, liability, or from the possession of another, by paying an equivalent. (Eph 1:7) “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace” We have been purchased with a great price, that none of us can pay back!
Ask yourself this question:

1) Has your heart been changed by that redemption?
2) Are you amazed each and every day that you have been purchased from that Slave Market by the precious blood of Jesus?

If you have said YES! Then you will do, and follow His guidelines with a heart that desires to walk worthy and serve your Master. The One and only, who purchased you with His Blood. Christ the LORD. (Read the Text Ephesians 4:1-6)

Paul also said earlier in his letter “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” Eph 2:10. We are His workmanship, His handiwork. Good works" cannot be performed until we are new "created unto" Him. Paul never calls the works of the law "good works." We are not saved by good works, but we were created to do, good works. Walking in Unity is our reasonable service. How do we do that? How do we walk in unity? There are 4 things Paul mentions in these verses that we must do in order to walk worthy!

1. Lowliness: means Humility, humbleness of mind. (v2)

(1Pet 5:5) Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble." We are to have a humble and gracious heart towards others, young men listen to the wisdom of your peers. Do not be proud or boastful because that’s not walking worthy with lowliness of mind.

2. Gentleness: means "kindness, goodness of heart," rendered "gentleness" (v2)

(1Tim3:3) “not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money”. We must not cause division against the unity of the church. We must be gentle! We must seek God and His wisdom to find strength in times of conflict and disagreements.

3. Long-suffering: means "to be patient, long-suffering, to bear with, “to be long-tempered," (v2)

(1Thes 5:14) And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. We must correct a fallen brother or sister, help and encourage the ones that are having a bad day, help the ones who are weak in faith and knowledge, strengthen them, hold them up by the power of the Word which is the Authority over our lives.

Pray for your fellow believer
Pray for the unity of the church
Pray for salvation for the lost
Pray, pray, pray

4. Bearing with one another in Love: means to support as a burden." It is used with the meaning “to take up," as in picking up anything, stones, “to carry" something, “to carry" on one's person or in one's body. "To bear" a burden, whether physically, as of the cross, or metaphorically in respect of sufferings endured in the cause of Christ, it is said of physical endurance, way of carrying off. (v2- v3) We must have a enduring love for one another, I think Paul says it best to the beleivers in Galatia about the true meaning of baring one anothers burdens. "Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. Help one another in all situations of life, because you are commanded to fulfill that requirement". In John's Gospel we see jesus say "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another". John 13:34

All these characteristics are vital for unity to happen in and out of our Christian walk. These are be continued throughout our walk minute by minute, day by day. They are unconditional, a requirement by every believer, without questioning or complaining. We are all the same in Christ. Different backgrounds but are indwelled with one Spirit. Walk in unity! (v4)

This gives the same meaning in (2Cor 13:11) Finally, brothers (finally Christian), rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. Listen to this verse again! What do we see in this little verse? Your Christian walk should aspire to the highest degree of holiness. Be of good comfort. Be of one mind, desire, labour in Unity for the sake of the Saviour Jesus Christ the redeemer of our souls.

1. Rejoice with one another
2. Restore one another
3. Comfort one another
4. Make peace with one another
5. Do all these things and God will be with you! Have unity among the body of Christ (v4- v5)

1. How is your Christian walk today?
2. Is it worthy or is there something that needs to change today?
3. Are you concerned for your fellow believers or the local church?
4. Are you more interested in yourself?
5. Is your conduct pleasing to a sovereign and holy God?

Because remember you were purchased from the slave market by a:
1. Loving
2. Caring
3. Merciful
4. Holy
5. Perfect
6. A Lord above all, and His name is JESUS CHRIST our Redeemer and Savior

I like how John MacArthur sums up this wonderful text by saying “We are one people under one sovereign (over all), omnipotent (through all), and omnipresent (in all) God”. We serve an amazing God who saved us and loved us with an everlasting love. Walk worthy because He is worth it!

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