As Paul continues to remind his readers about how he had conducted himself with honor and grace among them he shows to us the call of God upon the believer’s life. We are saved by grace, not by doing the works of the law or by any other human effort. But does this mean that we do not have to do any “works” of righteousness in our daily living? The answer is obviously “no”. Notice what Paul says in verse 12.
“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.”
The life of a believer is to be one that is lived in a “manner worthy of God”! We are to embrace righteousness and we are to turn away from wickedness, not as some method for finding acceptance with God, but rather, to live a life that brings glory to God. Once the believer has been reunited with his or her creator, we are back on track, living out the lives we were created to live! We were built for God’s glory, finding our joy and fulfillment in Him and in all He does. To live a life that neglects God or one that is opposed to everything that He is, is the exact opposite of what it means to be saved.
And so we, too, encourage one another to live lives worthy of God who calls us into His glorious kingdom!