The book of Ephesians is a wonderful letter about our life together in Christ. Paul, the author of this book, is not concerned about solving any problem, answering any questions, or writing a theologically correct paper, he is completely caught up by what it means to be a Christian, a person who is in Christ, framed by Christ, formed by Christ, saved and made whole by Christ, and how this person lives out this life in community and in the world. The first three chapters focus on ‘calling’ – who we are in Christ and the last three chapters focus on ‘walking’ – how we live before Christ and the world.
A word at the centre of this letter gives direction to the purpose of the letter. The Greek word is ‘ἀξίως’ (axios) – translated worthy or worthily The picture is an old fashion scale: axios is the balance point in the middle. What it means by 'worthy' and how we live worthy of our lives is not only about behaving well – living our lives well – it’s also about God’s calling and power. When our ‘walking’ is in line with God’s ‘calling’ then we are in ‘axios’ – worthy.