Do you recognize the difference in simply talking about something and then doing what you are talking about? In others words walking the talk…the balance of word and deed in our Christian life.
The church is pretty good at talking. When we gather as the body of Christ, that’s kind of what we do. We talk about the word of God and the things of God…We talk to one another and we talk to Him. Even our singing is a verbal expression meant to encourage, inspire and motivate us. I love it. I think it is great. It’s powerful and I look forward to each time we gather.
However, the church exists between gatherings. You and I are the church…the body of Christ…and we are reminded in 1 Corinthians 4:20: “For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power.” You see, the church itself cannot exist apart from God’s power.
The Bible offers us examples of men and women who lived out their lives under God’s power. The greatest example we find is Jesus himself. He understood who He was and accepted the authority given to Him and He lived by God’s power.
You may be thinking: But I’m not Jesus. True…yet, you have the power of Christ within you to live like Jesus…love like Jesus…and lead others to do the same.
Questions for Reflection:
This Week’s Suggested Readings: Sunday - 1 Corinthians 4:20
Monday -Philippians 2:6-11 Tuesday - John 17:1-3
Wednesday - Acts 1:8 Thursday - Matthew 28:18-20
Friday - Matthew 8 Saturday - Romans 10:9-10
Lord, I fight a daily battle of fully surrendering my life to you. I seem to try and take control of circumstances and situations instead of relying on your power and strength to see me through. Forgive me. Help me to learn through Jesus’ example of complete and total trust in your power to see Him all the way to the cross. There truly is nothing that I will face that you can’t see me through. Lord, I want to live by your power.
Bro. Joe Metts