“For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.” 1 Corinthians 4:20
Paul had just finished talking about how the apostles had to go through a lot of garbage and suffering to bring the gospel message to the people. Some of the people were talking about Paul as though he were not all that great, that his letters were powerful, but he, himself, was weak. Paul was ready to meet with them and challenge them. He knew that there needs to be more than just talk, but there has to be power behind the words.
It is very easy to talk about doing or being something, but it is much more difficult to put that talk into action. In the workplace, many times a worker will complain to another worker about the boss. They will state that they are going to go against the boss and fight him. Yet, when the boss comes around, the person suddenly becomes very quiet. All his words are, are just words. There is no power behind them.
Many believers talk about God being in control and is able to do mighty works through people, yet, most do not show that power in their own lives. They do not show changes in their lives. They do not show any action in their lives of following Jesus.
Many can quote many scriptures and are always in church. Yet, their life is dead. They do not tell others about Jesus. They walk on the edge of sin in their lives. When they do talk about God it is very simple and nothing deep with power.
Jesus stated that He was sending everyone out in power to change the world. An old statement of walk the walk and talk the talk comes into play here.
Are you just going through the motions of following Jesus? Or is there power in your life?
Are you putting into action what Jesus stated and God shows you to do? Or are you just talking?
Talk is cheap. You can talk about being a Christian, but are you living it?
I pray today that God will strengthen you to follow Him fully; that you will go out in power with His words; that you will do more than just talk about serving God; that you will demonstrate God’s love and power to others; and that God will build His kingdom through you.