This is a new song that I wrote to go with this week’s message on Ephesians 4. Jason will be teaching about hypocrisy, and what it means in our lives. The song is called Worthy, and is based on the apostle Paul’s encouragement to the church in 1st century Ephesus:
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit–just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call–one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift (Eph. 4.1-7, ESV).
This passage, and hopefully by extension this song, gives us the key to overcoming hypocrisy in our lives, i.e. living “in a manner worthy of the calling to which [we] have been called.” God calls us to live authentic, genuine lives filled with humility, love, patience, unity, and peace. The display of these characteristics will all but erase hypocrisy from the way we live everyday. Just as there is one God, one faith, one baptism (etc . . . ), so we must also be one. What we say and how we live must match up completely. Only then will we be walking “in a manner that is worthy.”
So, you might ask, “How do we accomplish this?” The answer is in verse 7: CHRIST. We have received grace from Jesus, each one of us in a certain measure. It is Jesus who gives us the grace and the power to live worthy lives. And in the end, our worthiness will actually be Christ’s worthiness. He alone is worthy. He died for our sins, reconciling us to the Father, granting us his worth, and making us heirs with him in the kingdom of God. That is a lot to live up to. Fortunately, for our sake, we’ve been granted the gift of God’s grace.
Give the song a listen so you will be able to sing along on Sunday, thereby encouraging those around you to “walk in a manner worthy of the calling.” I hope this blesses you.
Verse Lord help me walk In a manner that’s worthy Worthy of the calling I’ve received Lord help me be A servant that’s pleasing Pleasing to you my King Chorus For there is one Lord One hope to which we’re called Christ is all in all And there is one faith One church, and one Spirit One God and Father of all Ending So let us respond To the grace that we’ve been given And worship you our King
© 2009. Christopher N. Gates. Hill Country Bible Church Dripping Springs, TX