Each text speaks, as Paul exhorts the brethren, of ‘walking worthy’. First of vocation then of the Lord and lastly of God. These are not an attempt to coerce the flesh into obedience as it grows better and better but rather they are a reminder of the inability of the flesh and that the just live by faith. The word worthy used in all three passages has the meaning of worth or value and each is attached to a specific but not separate subject. The vocation is not the jobs we attend to every day but the calling by which the voice of God has come forth awakening His children to life. If there is life then the walk or way of life, will be one commensurate to that life. If there is life then there must be the Spirit of life and if the Spirit abides within then the child walks by the Spirit and not by the flesh. The Lord is the Master of all things. As Sovereign His word is true and the value of the walk is commensurate to being about the Kings business, for where the word of the King is, there is power. God is Spirit and the worship of Him is in Spirit and truth. They that have the Spirit of God are obedient to His will as they are ‘strengthened with all might according to His glorious power’. And the faith of the Son of God is the way God leads them day by day, for by faith the great cloud of witnesses did perform things completely contrary to the arm of the flesh and the logic of the mind of man.
Therefore brethren, stand beside and walk with me being followers of me as I follow Jesus Christ, having your way of life equal to the value of the calling that the Master has given to you, in all meekness and lowliness with long-suffering one toward another endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, as we increase in the knowledge of His will with all wisdom and spiritual understanding, being fruitful in every good work that we have been created in Him to perform and that He has ordained us to walk in as we increase in the knowledge of Him, giving thanks unto the Father which has made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints of light by delivering us from the power of darkness and translating us into the Kingdom of His dear Son unto His glory. (Forgive my liberty of condensing and paraphrasing).
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes