Paul had heard from Epaphras, the pastor of the church at Colosse, about the love and faithfulness of these people. Paul didn’t start this church. In fact, Paul had probably never met them. But their testimony had reached Paul and this letter was his response to what he had heard about them.
Some things Paul knew about the church of Colosse:
- They had been saved – vs. 4 we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus (when you get saved, people will hear about it!!
- They had a love for all the saints – vs. 4 (this is a biblical confirmation of salvation – I John 3:14)
- They were “fruit” that had been produced as a result of preaching the truth of the gospel. (vs. 5, 6)
As a result of their existing testimony, Paul felt compelled to write them and give them some godly advice.
Paul had begun to pray for them, and in this passage, he expressed a burden that he had for them.
Paul’s prayer and desire for these believers was that their walk would be WORTHY OF THE LORD.
He actually used the phrase in two other places.
- Ephesians 4:1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
- 1 Thessalonians 2:12 That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.
The word WALK means to walk, to make one’s way, progress; to make due use of opportunities, to live, to regulate one’s life, to conduct one’s self, to pass one’s life
The word WORTHY means suitably, worthily, in a manner worthy of
I can’t think of a better New Year’s Resolution than to both pray for and desire for a WALK that is WORTHY of the Lord.
- To Walk Worthy is a Possibility
If it wasn’t possible, Paul wouldn’t have been praying for it.
We are feeble, we stumble, we fall. But we can walk worthy.
God is worthy. We understand just how unworthy we are when we look at Him.
- John 1:27 He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe’s latchet I am not worthy to unloose.
Yet in our weakness and feebleness, we can walk worthy of the Lord.
What a statement!
- To Walk Worthy is a Path
This is more than one right decision, one correct choice.
To walk worthy is a series of right decisions, correct choices,
III. To Walk Worthy is a Pursuit
Is it important to you to WALK WORTHY?
- 1 John 2:6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.