Week of March 11 - Day 1

Scripture to Memorize: Ephesians 4:1-3

 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 

Day 1 Read: Ephesians 4:1-3

Reflect: What did Paul exhort the church at Ephesus to do? What characteristics would mark the person who followed his teaching?

Consider: “walk in a manner” is used in this passage as well as three other letters Paul wrote (Colossians 1:10; 1 Thessalonians 2:12; Philippians 1:27). It is a Greek word peripateo which denotes ‘behavior’. Paul exhorted them to walk (live a life) worthy of their calling. The NIV gives the impression that this walk should be on the basis that Paul was a prisoner for the Lord. However, the Greek does not connote this. Rather it is, “Therefore (rather than then) I, the prisoner of the Lord (as already stated in 3:1), beseech you to walk worthy of your calling.” Thus on the basis of what Paul wrote in chapters 1–3 he implored them to walk worthily. The word “worthy” (axiōs) means “equal weight”; one’s calling and conduct should be in balance.[1]

 

Respond: What areas of your life would be out of balance? In other words, where do you actions and attitudes not line up with the calling God has placed on your life as his follower? Confess those to Him today.

 

[1] Harold W. Hoehner, “Ephesians,” in The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures, ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck, vol. 2 (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985), 632.