There are many occupations or positions of leadership that come with certain expectations. In the sporting word, a NFL quarterback, who often can be referred to as the “face of the franchise,” is generally expected to carry himself differently than the back-up punter, for example. His demeanor and presence is expected to portray a certain level of class and leadership. One of the knocks against President Trump was that at times his press conferences and “tweet storms” often didn’t come across as very presidential (which also added to his appeal for some).
In our reading today in Ephesians, twice we come across the idea of living in a way that is fitting for being a follower of Christ. In other words, now that we know Christ we should be careful to live in such as a way that matches the distinction of being a Christian. Took a look at verse 4:1 which reads, “I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called.” Looking ahead to 5:3-4 we read, ” But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.” The phrases “worthy of the vocation” and “becometh saints” carry the same idea and could be summed up as simply, “live like a Christian!”
The 2 verses in chapter 5 give a list of sins that specifically should not be a part of a Christian’s life. We read that fornication (sex outside of marriage), uncleanness (general impurity), covetousness, filthiness (obscenities), foolish talking and jesting (improper joking) are specifically mentioned as things that should never be characteristic of a follower of Christ. So the question this morning is quite simple, do you live in such a way that your walk matches your talk? Does your life exemplify the traits of a Christian?