This verse can be broken into four parts: “First, walk in a manner worthy of the Lord. This shouldn’t be complicated. We seem to forget, for some reason, that we are not being asked to do something we have not been empowered to do. In other words: We can live a life worthy of the Lord! We are expected to continue living, but now the manner in which we are living is different. It used to not matter if we lived a life that was worthy of the Lord; we used to have no power to do so. But now things are different: Now we should because we can. We don’t quit living once we find ourselves in Christ. There’s a lot of living to be done and those in Christ must do so in a way that is worthy of the Lord.
Second, we are to please him in every way. Pleasing. Not only are we living, but we are to be pleasing him also. Here is what Jesus said concerning this: “By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me” (John 5:30). Jesus’ ambition, his goal, was to please the Father who sent Him. I think what this means is that Jesus would never do any such thing that might not please the Father. This means he was perfectly fair, just, and reasonable. It meant that Jesus did not seek to go about satisfying his own ambition or desire, but only that of God. So he expects us, too, to reflect God’s character too in all that we do. It means the often difficult and terrible work of self-denial. It means that disturbing work of not pleasing the self. It means the complicated work of learning when it is appropriate to do so.
Third, we are to be bearing fruit. The New and Old Testaments are filled with this idea that a good tree will bear good fruit and a bad tree bad fruit. It is also consistent that fruit will be born in some way, and that by our fruit we will be identifiable. The Fruit we bear is a strong indication of our identity and to whom we belong.” (Taken from “A Life that Pleases God!” – wordpress.com.)
Finally, we are to increase in knowledge. As a Lutheran Christian school that is our number one purpose – to enable our students to grow in the knowledge of Christ every day, in every classroom, integrating him into every subject. That is, after all, our goal – to prepare these young lives for today, tomorrow, and eternity.
Our prayer is that our students and families continue to walk worthy, please God, bear fruit, and increase in knowledge throughout the 2016-2017 school year and beyond.