What comes to your mind when you think of “walking worthy”? Consider living in a way that mirrors Christian values, aligning with biblical teachings and exhortations to guide your actions. The idea is to conduct oneself in a manner that is consistent with the calling and standards set by God. To be better dads, “walking worthy” means embodying biblical principles that define fatherhood and guide our actions.
Walking worthy as you Strive to lead your family with humility, gentleness, and patience. Foster a loving and united family environment.
Ephesians 4:1-3 (ESV):
"I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace."
Walking worthy as you Seek to please God in your role as a father by actively engaging in good works and continually growing in your understanding of God’s principles.
Colossians 1:10 (ESV):
"So as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God."
Walking worthy as you Emulate the qualities of a godly father—holiness, righteousness, and blamelessness. Encourage and exhort your children to live in a manner that reflects God’s kingdom.
1 Thessalonians 2:10-12 (ESV):
"You are witnesses, and God also, how holy and righteous and blameless was our conduct toward you believers. For you know how, like a father with his children, we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory."
Applications of “walking worthy” that will help us be better dads:
- Model Christ-like behavior: Demonstrate the virtues of humility, gentleness, and patience in your interactions with your children.
- Engage in acts of service: Actively involve yourself in good works, both within your family and the community, teaching your children the importance of selfless service.
- Prioritize spiritual growth: Foster an environment where your family can grow in their knowledge and understanding of God’s Word. Lead regular family devotions and discussions.
- Provide guidance and encouragement: Emulate the example of a loving and supportive father, offering guidance and encouragement to your children as they navigate life.
By incorporating these biblical principles into your daily life as a father, you can strive to “walk worthy” and fulfill your role in a manner that aligns with God’s design for families.
Topic: Walk Worthy
Verse: 1 Thessalonians 2:12 NKJV
that you would walk worthy of God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.
Today’s devotional started with an analogy of a racer who prepared for a marathon, exercising, eating right, and getting adequate sleep and yet just as in life, the enemy tried to bring doubt or we bring self-doubt into the situation while we are well on our way. That doubt causes us to slow down, overthink, and cause us to miss out on the joy of the moment. They share how there were people along the route encouraging them to keep going.
Consider how this applies to life and how “we prepare ourselves for our spiritual walk by reading the Bible, praying, and fellowshipping with other believers.” With all the preparation, there are still times when “we walk through difficult places, and we can begin to doubt”. This goes back to the reality that we were never meant to go through life alone and as such this tends to be when we need other believers “to come alongside and remind us that we already have the strength to walk worthy of God”.
Be The Dads who walk worthy of God
As fathers, we are called to walk worthy of God, who has given us the privilege and responsibility of leading our families. But sometimes, we may face doubt and fear that we are not good enough, that we are not doing enough, that we are not pleasing God enough. These doubts can hinder us from running the race that God has set before us and rob us of the joy and peace that He promises.
But we are not alone in this race. God is with us, and He has also given us fellow runners who can cheer us on, support us, and pray for us. Firstly, we can also encourage and help others who are struggling with doubt and discouragement. We can remind ourselves and each other of the truth of God’s Word, which tells us that we are loved, accepted, and empowered by Him. We can also celebrate the victories and milestones that we achieve along the way, and give thanks to God for His grace and faithfulness.
So let us not give up, but press on toward the goal, which is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. Let us run with endurance, confidence, and joy, knowing that He who calls us is faithful, and He will do it. Let us walk worthy of God, who calls us into His own kingdom and glory.
You don’t win on emotion. You win on execution.Tony Dungy