Ephesians 4:1. “I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,”
“Therefore.” When a new chapter begins with that word, you need to look back and see why. In this verse, the therefore refers to the limitless love and power of God to work through believers.
“The prisoner of the Lord.” Paul was indeed in prison. Some would have considered him a prisoner of Rome, but he knew better. He knew that if God chose to do so, he would be freed from his prison in a heartbeat. He was right where he needed to be, and he was okay with that.
“Beseech.” To beseech is to beg unceasingly, with tears and humility. Now think about that in regard to what Paul is beseeching the Ephesian believers to do:
“Walk worthy of the vocation.” Be worthy. Live godly before others. You have the Lord Jesus Christ in you; you have the power of the Holy Spirit to comfort you and strengthen you. You have access to God through Jesus Christ. Walk worthy.
But what vocation? Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance tells me that this word is klaysia, which means an invitation or a calling. So do all believers have the same calling?
Yes, we most certainly do. We are called to love God, to share the gospel of salvation, to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. We are called to live godly in Christ Jesus, to bring no reproach to His Name through our words or behaviors.
One of my favorite verses surely applies here: Micah 6:8. “But He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?”
It really isn’t complicated, is it?