Move In Humility

Move In Humility  ||  Ephesians 4:1-3  ||  Deacon Larry Satcher

The KJV of Ephesians 4:1 states: “I beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation where with ye are called.” In Paul’s writing he uses the term ‘walk’ on several occasions. For example, in Galatians 5:25 he states, “If we live in the spirit, let us walk in the Spirit”. Of course, when Paul speaks of walking, he isn’t referring to physical steps or literal walking. Instead, he uses this metaphor to convey a deeper spiritual truth.

Of course, physical walking entails getting up and moving. Medical experts state that some of the benefits of physical walking are that it burns calories, it strengthens the heart, it controls blood sugar, it improves joint health, it boosts immunity, and it increases energy.

To ‘walk’ in the New Testament often refers to the daily conduct of one’s life. So, just as there are benefits from physical walking, there are benefits from your spiritual walk.  Some of those benefits are humility, gentleness, patience and forbearing with one another in love (forbearing one another in love means “treating others with compassion, patience and forgiveness, even when its challenging”).

Ephesians 4:2 states “be completely humble and gentle”. Since we are not perfect it is difficult for us to be completely humble and gentle. But Paul, as Jesus did, often set goals for believers that are extremely high. In Philippians 3 Paul states “Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after”.  He also stated, “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Jesus Christ”.  Paul is using the analogy of a race to show that we are constantly striving towards our goal. Therefore, our goal should be to move in humility daily.

Prayer: Our Father, we praise you for your goodness, your grace, and your mercy. Teach us to be thankful and grateful for all that you do. Help us to submit to the guidance of your Holy Spirit so that we may move in humility in our daily lives. In Jesus name we pray. Amen
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