1 Thessalonians 2:10-12 “Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holily and justly and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe: As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children, That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.”
One of the most significant signs of a growing church is when you have disciples who are making disciples who are making disciples. Paul referred to it as his charge as a father does to his children.
I can relate to that.
Those of you who have adult children, know that the doubts, worries, and fears we sustain on their behalf is because we are waiting to see if they will truly utilize the wisdom and knowledge we gave them when they were young.
Then, seeing them raising their children to love God, worship God, and serve God, brings a calm reassurance that they not only received what they were taught but are now passing it on to our grandchildren.
Seeing those we teach, those we mentor, those we disciple; go forth and begin to teach, mentor, and disciple others brings great joy to your soul. Not only that, it is the litmus test that our teaching and training is bearing fruit.
When those we take under our wing begin to stretch their wings and fly, we rejoice. But, when they begin to bring others under their wing to teach, mentor, and disciple them, they have taken an unusual step.
The remaining steps of admonishing someone to help those they are helping to become fruitful is one of the last and final stages that their education is complete. Paul directed his admonitions to Timothy, Titus, and Philemon; Luke to Theophilus, and Peter in his general epistles.
Each time they wrote, there was a nugget of truth that would take them another step down the road; a word of encouragement that would urge them on; and praise that would bolster their confidence.
The “Worthy Walk” is that which exemplifies Jesus in all that we do. Jesus taught, trained, and discipled those men with Him to do the same. The Holy Spirit in them gave them the comfort, wisdom, and boldness to go beyond that which human flesh could not do.
A “Worthy Walk” is one that takes what they are taught and not only put it into action, but guides and trains others to do the same.
A “Worthy Walk” is one that points to the Lord Jesus Christ as the sole provider of the energy, the wisdom, that knowledge, and the fruit that we may see in others.
Pride is the destroyer of a “Worthy Walk“. Pride will cause us to step into the limelight of glory, of which only God is deserving.
Not one of us could ever step forward to claim worthiness of salvation, the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit, or lay claim to eternal life because we have somehow merited it on our own behalf. There must be a constant rendering unto Caesar the things that are Caesars and to God the things that belong to Him.
Each of us is called. Called to be saved. Called to be witnesses. Called to love one another purely, holily, and fervently. Each of us has been given gifts and talents to serve in the body of Christ; to bring glory to the One who empowers us to do so.
May we truly walk worthy of the One who has called us.