“I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called” (Ephesians 4:1). Paul wants you to live in a manner that is worth of that calling. This calling is not a suggestion; it is a command. This calling is not instructive; it is productive. This calling does not partly regenerate; it fully regenerates. Because when God speaks, creation listens. When Jesus tells a dead man to rise, the bones and dust obey their Creator. When the Spirit tells a spiritually dead man to rise, that man’s spirit immediately obeys its Maker. There’s no “free will” about it, unless we’re talking about the free will of God. Is a dead man free? Sure: he’s free stay as he is. What he needs is for someone who holds the keys of death and Hades in His hand to come to him and issue a call, a declaration, an authoritative command, so that he is literally recreated into a new man. “Then He who sat on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new’” (Revelation 21:5).
Paul wants you to live worthy of that calling. In other words, however impressive this calling is, there should be that much of an impression in your life. Don’t tell me that the Spirit Who raised Christ Jesus from the grave has given you resurrection life if you are still living like you’re dead in your trespasses and sins. Don’t tell me that the Spirit of freedom has liberated you from the plantation of sin if you are still laboring in the Devil’s cotton field. Jesus, the true and greater Moses, has led you out of Egypt and through the Red Sea on dry ground. If you go back to Egypt, then don’t daydream of Canaan. Choose this day whom you will serve; you cannot serve two masters.
Paul demands that you live a life worthy of the calling of God. If God has called you from death to life, then show that in how you live. “I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called” (Ephesians 4:1).