In Ephesians 4:1, Paul exhorts us to walk worthy of our calling! Everyone of us that are truly delivered from sin have been called with a holy calling (2 Timothy 1:9). To put it another way, God is requiring us to live a holy life now. God empowers us through his grace to live holy and righteously in this present world (Titus 2:11). Walking or living worthy of our holy calling simply means that we live consistently holy by God's grace from day-to-day. When Paul uses the word walk, he is referring to our daily living.
If we are going to walk worthy, we must ensure that we in no way misrepresent the one who has called us. The Bible says this, ... as He which has called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation (1 Peter 1:15). God is the one who has called us and God himself is holy. Being born again, means we are born into the family of God. Being part of the family makes us God's children and we must be just like our dad - holy. We must possess holy habits (manners), have holy conversations and exemplify holy conduct overall, just as our big brother Jesus did.
If we are going to walk worthy, when we are hurt or treated unfairly, disrespected or angered, we cannot go ballistic and lash out at others. We can't say curse words or act out with nasty, hateful or revengeful spirits to get back at others. Consider Jesus, our big brother and all he endured in his lifetime, without committing any act of sin. He came down from heaven and lived in this flesh to show us the way to live a victorious life and to understand our human weaknesses. Jesus prayed and fasted to maintain his victory. Jesus was tempted in "all points" just like we are but he did not commit sin (Hebrews 4:15). The Bible says, he always did the things that pleased his dad (John 8:29). Our big brother Jesus lived a perfect standard or example of holy conduct all the way up until his death on the cross. Walking worthy means we must follow the example and steps of Jesus and depend entirely upon the power of God in our souls, which will enable us to do so. Just as Jesus had to pray for power and grace to obtain and maintain victory in his suffering, so must we do the same - daily. Just as Jesus used the power he was given to resist the devil, so must we.
If we are going to walk worthy, we cannot forget how we have been delivered from sin and raised to royal honor. Because that is true, we are reigning over sin, and the spirit of the world in this life. This describes a supernatural life, which can only be lived through the power of God.
Regarding royal honor: when we become a part of a royal family there are just certain things we cannot and must not do! It's the equivalence of serving time in prison and upon release coming to live in a royal palace with all the rights and privileges that go with it. Why would I ever leave my royal residence to go back and live in the stench and bondage of a prison house again? That would be very foolish. Well, now that God has set me free from the bondage of my nasty, filthy, stinking past sins I never want to go back to them again. I am free and I want to remain free! The Church of God is styled as the city of the great King and the mountain of his holiness (Psalm 48:1-2). What a high honor and privilege to partake of this holy ground. Yes, there is much for us to learn about the cultures of royal living, righteous standards and codes of holy conduct in this palace of our great King. But let's be encouraged to know that we can have constant victory, if we are obedient to His Spirit and His word. We must walk worthy and honor our King in every way. Jesus showed us how to walk worthy, let us walk in his steps.
1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that you should show forth the praises of Him who has called you out of darkness and into His marvelous light