Talk is Cheap
“For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power.” 1 Corinthians 4:20
Christianity Today has conducted recent research that indicates almost 78% of all Americans identify themselves as Christian. If that is true, then why is church attendance in decline in this country? Also, why do so many people struggle living with a Biblical worldview or, in other words, making their everyday decisions of life according to God’s Word?
I am sure you have heard the old saying that goes like this: “You can talk the talk but are you walking the walk?” I am afraid that many people are living very defeated and discouraged Christian lives because they are not living their daily lives with God’s power. Many, I believe, are talking about Kingdom living but struggle with really living out this principle.
How can we live out the idea of operating our lives under the power of our great God? To begin with, we must daily commit our wills to His. To do this, we must spend time with Him daily by studying the Bible and also spending time with Him in prayer.
With that as a starting point, we must then begin to daily give God control of our lives and our desires. Specifically, we must commit ourselves to living out the truth of Galatians 2:20. That verse declares: “My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
What does this look like in everyday life? Simply, to pray daily for God to live through you in every decision and action you take. My desire for my life is that each day I pray and ask God for His wisdom and discernment in all that I do.
As Galatians 2:20 tells us, we must begin to trust Him for every detail of life. The Bible has clear principles for all that we will encounter in life. Not only does it provide principles for living, but it also provides the power we need for living these principles out. I love the promise that is contained in Philippians 2:13: “For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.”
I do not want my Christian life to be all talk. I do not want others to see me as a hypocrite. I want others to see the power of God operating in my life on a daily basis. Philippians 2:13 offers us the hope that God is working in our lives and giving us the power we need to walk the walk. This verse gives us the hope that we do not have to live defeated or discouraged Christian lives.
I pray for those who are defeated or discouraged today that you may be encouraged by the truth of Philippians 2:13. I pray that each of us will see the power of God come alive in our lives so that our Christian lives will be more than just talk.