To Walk Worthy

From Thomas Watson’s All Things For Good: 

To walk worthy of our calling is to walk wisely. Walking wisely implies three things.

1. To walk warily. “The wise man’s eyes are in his head” (Eccles. 2:14). Others watch for our halting, therefore we had need look to our standing. We must beware, not only of scandals, but of all that is unbecoming, lest thereby we open the mouth of others with a fresh cry against religion. If our piety will not convert men, our prudence may silence them.

2. To walk courteously. The spirit of the gospel is full of meekness and candour. “Be courteous” (1 Pet. 3:8). Take heed of a morose, supercilious behaviour. Religion does not take away civility, but refines it. “Abraham stood up, and bowed himself to the children of Heth” (Gen. 23:7). Though they were of a heathenish race, yet Abraham gave them a civil respect. Paul the apostle was of an affable temper. “I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some” (1 Cor. 9:22). In lesser matters the apostle yielded to others, that by his obliging manner he might win upon them.

3. To walk magnanimously. Though we must be humble, yet not base. It is unworthy to prostitute ourselves to the lusts of men. What is sinfully imposed ought to be zealously opposed. Conscience is God’s diocese, where none has right to visit, but He who is the Bishop of our souls (1 Pet. 2:25). We must not be like hot iron, which may be beaten into any form. A brave spirited Christian will rather suffer, than let his conscience be violated. Here is the serpent and the dove united, sagacity and innocence. This prudential walking comports with our high calling, and does not a little adorn the gospel of Christ.

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2 thoughts on “To Walk Worthy

  1. Hi.
    Thomas Watson is my favorite Puritan writer. I have four of his works. I think I first became aware of his writings about 30 years ago [wow! – that may mean I am starting to age :-)]. Anyway, I enjoy reading Puritan writings a great deal. I also like reading Spurgeon’s sermons (sort of a next generation Puritan. Of course, there is America’s own Puritan writer – Jonathan Edwards. Arthur W. Pink probably took the mantel next. Today I would say that men like Mark Dever, R.C. Sproul, etc. are carrying on the Puritan traditions. Oh well, the whole point of this – it is good to see someone quote Thomas Watson. If he lived any where near to his writings – he was quite a Christian to be hold (I think history testifies that he was that indeed. It is recorded that he died while in his prayer closet).
    Blessings – Pastor Bruce

  2. This is solid gold. I love the Puritans. They had real faith, true and tempered steel and a grip like that of Valiant-for-Truth. Thomas Watson is also one of my favorites and I am delighted to find him being quoted — just discovered your blog and have been greatly encouraged and edified. Many thanks!
    Meredith

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