In Ephesians 4:1 the apostle Paul says that we are to “walk worthy of the calling with which you were called”. We are called to be saints (i.e. Christians) (Romans 1:7) by the preaching of the gospel (2 Thessalonians 2:14). To walk worthy of that “calling” means that we are to live our lives in a way that would have others look favorably on us as Christians and on the Gospel of Christ. Our example, whether good or bad, can have a powerful influence on how people see and respond to Christians and the Gospel. How we live our lives can determine whether people view Christianity in a positive way or a negative way. In Titus 2:9-10 Paul said, “Exhort bondservants to be obedient to their masters, to be well pleasing in all things, not answering back, not pilfering, but showing all good fidelity, that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.” Our actions as we live our day to day lives can “adorn” the doctrine of God. We can make it look attractive to others.
In 1 Peter 3:1-2 the apostle Peter says that the example of a godly life can be a powerful influence when it comes to converting others. “Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands, that even if some do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives, when they observe your chaste conduct accompanied by fear.” However, if the example of our lives can be a powerful influence for good the opposite is also true. The way we live our lives as Christians can also drive people away. In Titus 2:4-5 Paul warns against bad conduct, “that the word of God be not blasphemed”. It has been said, “You may be the only bible some people ever read”. What kind of sermon is our life preaching? Are we “walking” worthy of our calling? Or are we causing the word of God to be blasphemed?