In what sense are Christians worthy of God or of Christ or of their calling? And in what sense are we unworthy?
On the one hand, Jesus and Paul both teach that we must be “worthy” of Jesus and his calling.
Jesus says that in Sardis there are “people who have not soiled their garments, and they will walk with me in white, for they are worthy” (Revelation 3:4).
“Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me” (Matthew [10:37]–38).
“The wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not worthy” (Matthew 22:8).
“Walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called” (Ephesians 4:1).
“Your suffering is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering” (2 Thessalonians 1:5).
In all these passages being “worthy” is something expected and necessary in the Christian life.
But on the other hand, Jesus commended the Centurion’s faith as unparalleled for humbly confessing hisunworthiness. “‘Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof. . .’ Jesus said, ‘Not even in Israel have I found such faith’” (Luke 7:6, 9).