“I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,” (Eph 4:1).
The book of Philemon is a short one, but unique and remarkably relevant. It was written by the Apostle Paul to a Philemon a disciple. The focus of the letter was the man Onesimus. He had been a servant to Philemon before he became a Christian, but had wronged his master. When Onesimus came in contact with Paul and became a Christian, Paul wanted to send Onesimus back to Philemon and create peace between the two men.
In Philemon 1:6, he tells him: “That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.” In other words, your ‘fellowship’ in the Christian faith ought to be discernible and acknowledgeable. You have to bear fruits. This is an important lesson for every Christian.
There is a noticeable lifestyle of faith and a Christian should have. A Christian forgives, a Christian loves. A Christian, although saved by Grace, is marked by good works.
Today’s text instructs that we walk worthy of the vocation (or calling) to which we have been called. The next verse clarifies that we do this as we bear fruits of love, meekness and forbearance. There is always evidence to show for the indwelling of the spirit of God. Our fellowship in the faith is discerned not merely in our confession but our fruit bearing. Little wonder the Apostle continues by saying that we endeavour to “keep the unity of the spirit in a bond of peace” (Ephesians 4: 3).