“Walk worthy of the Lord . . . Who hath delivered us . . . into the kingdom of his dear Son: in whom we have redemption through his blood,” Colossians 1:10-14.
The word worship comes from worthyship. God expects us to walk in such a way that He would not be ashamed to receive our worship (Mark 8:38).
In Paul’s ministry, there is an undertow of urgency and excitement in spite of reverses and persecution. He had reversed his priorities from the temporary pleasures of this world to focus on the things God has promised ahead. That attitude change affected his walk of life. “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Rom. 8:18).
Jesus was Paul’s example of projecting the pain of life forward and walking on. “Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds” (Heb. 12:1-3).
Keep your eyes on Jesus at the finish line. Keep on walking, even if you have to walk hurt. Better days are coming.