Ephesians 4:1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called.

Philippi was a Roman colony. Every Roman citizen was dedicated to spreading the Roman culture wherever they lived. To put it in modern terminology, every true Roman citizen devoted themselves to promoting the Roman philosophy of religion, worldview, and lifestyle. The Roman way was the only way. It was within this “no compromise” atmosphere of Caesar worship and the godless Roman standard of living that Paul reminds the saints in Philippi that they are citizens of another kingdom and they owe their allegiance to another King, and that King is Jesus Christ. They are exhorted to conduct their lives in a manner that is worthy of The Name of Jesus.

Under King Jesus, the calling of the church is to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world (Matthew 5:13,14). In other words, our lives are meant to be shining examples of what it means to being devoted to Jesus Christ. Thus, Paul reminds them that as “ambassadors” (2 Corinthians 5:20) from heaven their divine calling in Philippi was to stand firm in one spirit, striving together for the faith of the gospel (Philippians 1:27). Jesus prayed in John 17 that His body would be one. Psalm 133 teaches us that the Spirit of God flows most powerfully when the church is walking in unity. Walking worthy in The Lord and walking in unity with one another are vital ingredients of effective, impacting, life-changing evangelism.

May The Spirit of God help us to walk worthy of The Lord both individually and as a congregation in order that the lost world may know that only in Jesus Christ is their salvation, hope, and peace. Selah