Balancing the Riches

Thursday, Jan. 15

There’s key word in Eph. 4:1 that is so easy to pass over—the word “worthy.” If I even stop to look at the word, my first thought is that we are not worthy of anything God has given us. Paul says we are to be worthy of the calling. I don’t believe this is the calling to repentance that leads to salvation. Paul is talking to Christians and has laid a foundation in the doctrinal section (chapters 1-3) and is now entering into the exhortation section. That is, on the basis of the riches poured out on us, how are we to respond? God has not given us all those riches for us just to enjoy them. We are to do something. Paul puts it in terms of living a worthy life, which brings us back to the word “worthy.” The Greek word here comes from the use of a balance scale. What Paul is saying is that we need to respond by living a life that measures up to the rich gifts that God has given us. We need to balance the scales. We need to bring our performance up to the same level as the gifts God has given us. I doubt if any of have achieved a balanced scale. Probably some are closer to it than others. I’m not sure exactly where I am, but I know I haven’t reached the balance that Paul is suggesting.

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