Walking Worthy Of The Lord

June 27, 2012

Walking Worthy of The Lord

            Colossians 1:10 says we should “walk  worthy of the Lord.”  There is no way we can do that unless we have a clear concept of the majesty of God.   Modern men put great emphasis on the dignity of man, but their concept of God is diminishing.  Humanism glorifies man and says he has no need of God.  It grieves us to see professing Christians walking in a way that is not worthy of the Lord.

Perhaps, in part, our failure to walk worthy of our God is due to our negligence in reading and meditating on God’s word.  Consider with me some portions of the Bible that make manifest the greatness of God.  In Psalm 27:4 David expressed a desire to dwell forever in God’s house that he might “behold the beauty of the Lord.”  It isn’t necessary for us to be in God’s house every day to do that.  We can do it by reading and meditating on God’s word.  “The Lord reigneth, he is clothed with majesty; the Lord is clothed with strength” (Psalm 93:1).  “I will extol thee, my God, O king; and I will bless thy name forever and ever.  Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy name forever and ever.  Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable.  One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy righteous acts.  I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works” (Psalm 145:1-5).

We ought to consider the greatness of his creation.  Isaiah 40:12-18 says “Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?    Who hath directed the Spirit of the Lord, or being his counselor hath taught him?  With whom took he counsel, and who instructed him, and taught him in the path of judgment, and taught him knowledge, and shewed to him the way of understanding?  Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold he taketh up the isles as a very little thing.     And Lebanon is not sufficient to burn, nor the beasts thereof sufficient for a burnt offering. All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity. To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him?” (Isaiah 40:12-18)

Psalm 8:1-4 encourages us to look to the heavens and know his greatness. “ O LORD our Lord, how excellent  is thy name in all the earth! Who hast set thy glory above the heavens.

Out of the mouth of babes and suckling’s hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger. When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;  What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?” (Psalm 8:1-4)  The magnificence of his power goes far beyond what our eyes can see.  The most powerful telescopes reveal millions of stars that can’t be seen by the naked eye.  Meditating on this fact should move us to say with Job “Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out: he is excellent in power, and in judgment, and in plenty of justice: he will not afflict.  Men do therefore fear him: he respecteth not any that are wise of heart” (Job 37:23-24).

The Bible commands us to sanctify God.  That means to give him a place of supreme significance.  Isaiah 8:13 says “Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.”  Matthew 6:9 also says “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.”  God is already holy.  There is nothing we can do to make him more holy.  What we can do is declare his holiness and majesty.

II Corinthians 5:20 says that “we are ambassadors for Christ.”  We are his servants and special representatives.  It’s impossible to think of a higher calling.  We should walk in a way that is worthy of being an ambassador of the King of Kings.  The concept the people of this world have of God is formed by looking at those who profess to be the sons of God.  Let’s  suppose that I buy a washing machine.  The man who sold it to me assured me that it was manufactured by a reputable company and that it was guaranteed.  Three weeks later it breaks down.  I find the guarantee that came with it and call to ask that a serviceman come to fix it.  They assure me that they will send a man out right away.  Ten days later a man comes to my door who claims to be a service man for the company.  His appearance leaves me with doubts.  He is dressed in rags and is driving an old car with very few tools.  I ask him for his identification and he searches in his pockets and pulls out a paper stained with grease that says he is a serviceman for the company.  He pulls out the washing machine from the wall to look at it.  As I talk with him, it becomes obvious that he doesn’t know much about how the machine should function.  All this leaves me with a negative impression of the manufacturer.  A good company would be concerned about the appearance of those who represent it.

If I’m an ambassador for Christ, I should be concerned about my appearance.  The world is attracted to a church where the men come dressed in dress pants and the women are modestly dressed in dresses or skirts and blouses.  It’s an indication to them that it isn’t just any old church.  We should also take our manner of speaking into consideration.  If we use profanity and talk only of things of little significance, we don’t leave them with a good impression.  The same thing happens if we don’t keep our word or pay our bills.  It is manifest also by the kind of music we listen to and by the way we use our spare time.

If we keep growing in our knowledge of God we will be increasingly aware of that which is pleasing to Him.  If we truly love God, it will be our desire to please him and be occupied in his work.

 

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