The apostle Paul reminded the Church at Thessalonica, “That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory” (1 Thessalonians 2:12). He used this wording in his letters to the Ephesians (4:1) and Colossians (1:10). The word he uses for “worthy” is ἀξίως (axiōs). Which roughly means to act or behave according to a standard. Paul noted that God has called the believers to live according to the standard of God’s kingdom and glory. However, that is not what we find among many so-called followers of Christ. Instead, we find…
Believers who walk according to worldly cultural expectation.
These believers have not taken the initiative to respond to the Holy Spirits work in their life to out from among the world. We have our work in the world but there is a distinction between believers and unbelievers. Namely, that of faith. Faith is more than a mental assent to God’s existence and other Scriptural claims. Faith is an active pursuit of God in response to Christ’s work in our every day life. Living by faith translates to a different way of living for the believer in comparison to the lifestyle of unbelievers.
Believers who walk comfortably and not engaging in the great commission.
Other believers also simply attend church out of a habit or to ease a sense of guilt, instead of devotion to Christ. They do not engage in church work that requires much commitment. This type of attendance and participation is extremely shallow and extends to the next type of walk as well.
Believers who walk after consumer Christianity.
Somewhat a result of the denominational concept birthed in 17th and 18th centuries, consumer Christianity has become exponential greater during this mega church era. Not only are their options of interpretation (which I don’t think most people pay any attention to), there is a wide selection of ministries to be involved in, either to the believer the self or work in the community. Personal preference rules the heart of many. When this comes to their walk of faith, they confirm their biases and pad their preferences with preachers and churches who feed their desires.
We need believers who are committed to Christ’s kingdom and all that entails.