be worthy

See: earn
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Not only did the chevalier have his own particular shells, but he cherished an ambitious desire which he pursued with a craft so profound as to be worthy of Sixtus the Fifth: he wanted to marry a certain rich old maid, with the intention, no doubt, of making her a stepping-stone by which to reach the more elevated regions of the court.
Be worthy of yourself, Lady Lydiard and think of the day when she will return to you without the breath of a suspicion to rest on her
Indeed, my lord, I do so strive," said Alleyne; "but she is so sweet, so dainty, and of so noble a spirit, that I fear me that I shall never be worthy of her.
But I cannot be worthy and sit by as it all goes to hell.
I also believe that people who do get this wonderful country's citizenship should be worthy of it.
The expectation in this verse seems to be that disciples ought to be worthy of Jesus, and, all of us conclude, that is the last thing we would claim.