Read Colossians 1:9-14
It must be a willing surrender of self to service, which means to walk worthy in our life’s work.
WALK, in the Bible usually refers to conduct, behavior or manner of living.
WORTHY, not that we deserve anything, but in manner befitting in what He has done for us.
WORK, is a heavenly calling and we are to be worthy of that calling.
Hebrews 3:1, “Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus.”
2 Timothy 1:9, “Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.”
We do not become Christians by living a Christian life, but rather, we are exhorted to live the Christian life because we are Christians. In other words, so that our life may measure up to our position in Christ.
Philippians 1:27, “Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel.”
Away with worldly living, but rather live unto godliness, which means no sipping cocktails during the Holiday season; watching worldly entertainment; playing worldly games, watching movies and worldly television programs that do nothing but glorify the flesh; worldly places worldly conversation and habits, etc.
In other words, we are to live as worthy not worldly citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven.
The emphasis Paul is making here is the effect of the Christian community on a pagan culture 2 Timothy 1:8-9.
Jesus did not pleas Himself but God and others when He came into this world. So, we are to abstain from all immorality listed in
1 Thessalonians 4:1-8.
BE FRUITFUL IN EVERY GOOD WORK VERSE 10.
In John 15:15, “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.”
Fruit – same word as “abide” which is fruit that remains. Christ did not choose us for our own pleasure, but He has ordained us to bear fruit. In former verses fruit meant love, now it means to put love into action.
BE STRENGTHENED BY HIS POWER VERSE 11.
Not to exalt self, but to teach us patience and joy by His Spirit.
Ephesians 3:16, “That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man.”