July 19, 2020
Worthy Walk | Rev Dr Taiye Adeola
Listen to the sermon below:
TEXT: Colossians 1:1-12
When you are asked are you a Christian and you say yes, what does it mean?
What qualifies you to be called one?
What qualities can God see in you to say he/she is worthy to be called my son/daughter?
This morning the Lord will be speaking to us on the topic WORTHY WALK drawn from Colossians 1:10 which says “That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God”.
There are only two words in the topic and both are key – WORTHY and WALK. The walk here is well defined as it is qualified by the adjective worthy. This implies that not all walks are worthy.
The physical perception of Walk simply means to move on one’s feet, but its application in the spiritual is deeper as it implies a lifestyle, a man’s walk implies his ways, doings, company or friends, a man’s walk also means how he lives, the conduct and dispositions.. The truth and reality is that moving physically on one’s feet and our lifestyle cannot be separated because your conduct and lifestyle are exhibited in where you allow your feet to take you. Patti Wood a body language expert who has done a lot of research on human walk submits that “Walking Style, Speed and Stride reveal a lot about personality”.
WORTHY means to possess desirable qualities of commendable excellence or merit. Oxford dictionary on Lexicon.com describes worthy as “having or showing qualities that deserve the specified action or regard” and Merriam-Webster puts it simply as having worth or value. We see that worthy is about deserving, qualifying or possessing. It implies quality, worth or valuable.
Different professions teach the professionals ethics of their physical walk and carriage in order to sell and function well in the professions. Just begin to imagine how a waiter is expected to walk while serving, or model doing her catwalk; a soldier, or a pastor while on pulpit ministering. You can think of other types and styles of physical walks like bridal walk, if you have travelled on a plane before, you see how the hostess and cabin crew carry themselves and of course, you have boarded public transports in Nigeria you see how the garage boys move to invite you to join their vehicle.
Some walks show elegance and some show arrogance; some reflect confidence, some show pride; some show confusion and some imply clear direction. Some walks show urgency while others reflect stagnancy. Some walks are casual with leisure and carefree while others are steady and with clear purpose and direction. The walk can be straight, steady, staggering, wandering, rambling etc. there are people who even sleepwalk.
My focus this morning is not to dwell so much on the types and styles of a physical walk because this is not a body language class, it is, however, to open our eyes to or remind us of some things we already know about God’s expectation on how to walk as Christians. We are talking about Walk that has worth, walk that is valuable, excellent walk as prescribed by God in the scriptures.
Like I said earlier we cannot separate our physical walk from the spiritual because one is a reflection of the other.
Let me quickly point your attention to some direct instructions from the scripture on how to walk and how not to and I will pick and dwell on one of them which is our focus today – “Worthy Walk”. I believe God will make space to examine the others some other time. Examples of how to walk from the scripture
- Walk as Children of Light – Ephesians 5:8; Isaiah 2:5
- Walk in Love – Ephesians 5:8
- Walk Worthy of the Lord – Colossians 1:10; 1 Thessalonians 2:12
- Walk in Truth – 2 John 4
- Walk in His ways – Deuteronomy 8:6; Deuteronomy 13:4 ; Psalm 119:1
- Walk uprightly – Proverbs 2:7
- Walk in Obedience – Isaiah 30:21
- Walk in Newness of Life – Romans 6:4
- Walk honestly – Romans 13:13; 1 Thessalonians 4:12
- Walk in the Spirit – Galatians 5:16
- Walk in good works – Ephesians 2:10
- Walk circumspectly – Ephesians 5:15
- Walk by set rules – Philippians 3:16
- Walk by Faith – 2 Corinthians 5:7
- Walk in Him – Colossians 2:6
- Walk in wisdom – Colossians 4:5
- Walk as wise – Ephesians 5:15
- Walk not as fools – Ephesians 5:15
- Walk not in the counsel of the ungodly – Psalm 1:1; Jude 16; 2 Corinthians 4:2
- Walk not after the flesh – Romans 8:1; 2 Corinthians 10:17
- Walk not as Gentiles – Ephesians 4:17
- Walk not with disorderly men – 2 Thessalonians 3:6
You see that we have sufficient instructions on how to walk and how not to walk as Christians in the scripture that we have no reason not to walk worthy. Direct instructions to believers are to either WALK IN; WALK AS; WALK BY or WALK NOT. Every believer helped by God to walk in what God says, walk as who God says, walk by what God says and walk not in, as and by what God says is walking a worthy walk.
Now let us look at Colossians 1:10 again “That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God”. Whereas this verse is instructive on its own, we cannot take it without situating it in the context of the preceding and succeeding verses. So let read from verse 9 – 12
9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; 12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
What cause? – The things that Paul spoke about in verses 4-8 as touching the church in Colossae namely: faith in Christ Jesus and love for all the saints (v.4); their response to the gospel bringing assurance of hope in heaven (v.5); their fruitfulness in God is grounded in the truth (v.7) and the testimony of Epaphras another minister about their love in the spirit (v.8)
From verse 9 we see the prayer of Apostle Paul for the Colossian Church which is crucial for them to be able to achieve the expectation expressed in verse 10. We can safely say the following
- Being “filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding” will enhance a worthy walk. It is the knowledge of his will that expose you to what qualify you to walk worthy of him. For the Colossian’s discussion about walking worthy came after they have converted, you have not started a walk at all when you are not saved how much more walking worthy. The implication for the believer is that your conversion, being born again is just the beginning of the walk. There is more to Christianity than conversion.
- Walking worthy is walk that is pleasing unto the Lord in all things and it is upright walk, straight, walk of faith, obedience, holiness, righteousness and so on. It is purposeful and intentional relationship with God through the person of Jesus Christ focused on doing everything to please him helped by grace.
- Until we walk worthy we cannot be pleasing to God.
- Worthy walk will be characterized by fruitfulness in good works
- Worthy walk will bring increase in the knowledge of God. You will not stagnate
- Worthy walk will produce strength to cope with and endure the challenges of the journey joyfully
- Worthy walk will produce thanksgiving.
Your worthiness is a product of God’s finished work on the cross of Calvary. God saved you by his grace and brought you to himself expecting that you will please him. The great challenge for Christianity today is that Christians do not walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing. We TALK THE WALK we don’t WALK THE TALK. So many people who come to church outside of the church do not walk worthy of God in fact it is a shame that even in the church today all manner of things go on that are unworthy of the Lord. Bible say walk as children of light, walk in love, walk in the spirit and so on, is that how we walk? Let everything that you do glorify God, that is how a Christian should walk.
It is time for the church to be the church and turn out Christians into the world that will walk worthy of the Lord, enough of unbaked Christians who go out to misbehave and make people raise all manners of questions about Christianity.
Where you go, what you do, how you behave at home, in school, at work, in your neighbourhood and so on, how you walk, your conduct is it worth calling you a Christian? Who are your friend’s, what company do you keep? Do you have worthy friends? Are your friends good and Godly?
Stop walking, crooked, perverse, secret and questionable walks. Walk straight, upright, open and intentional walks. Walk your talk as a christian, walk as a child of God. Walk worthy walk.
Worthy walk is walk with Christ that shows Christ in all things
Worthy walk is walk that does not encourage or encourage sin
Worthy walk is walk in the spirit by the help of the spirit
Worthy walk is walk in holiness and righteousness of God
Worthy walk is walk that ultimately leads to eternity with God.
What will be the end of the way you are going, where will your walk lead you?