A lot of us are quick to declare things - myself included - but the truth is, we're not very good at walking the talk. It's easy to write nice words, to speak about our faith, to shout 'Amen!' at Church on a Sunday… but the real proof is in our actions.
I should probably put a disclaimer here: I am writing this not because I’m good at walking the talk – in fact, I am the very opposite. Quite frankly, I am just another person in need of God’s grace. Every single day. My record is far from clean. I don’t always do what I say. Heaven forbid if someone looked to me as a great example - that would be a disappointing endeavour. In spite of everything I believe about God, sometimes other things get the best of me. Just like everyone, when challenges come my way, when prayers go unanswered, when pressure builds... my actions don't always align with what I say, let alone with what God says.
Nevertheless, God is graciously teaching me that talk is cheap and action is everything. It is one thing to know who He is, but that is really only half the part. Faith is something that moves. It is more than just pretty words on a page. It is more than just a string of words eloquently spoken. Faith demands to be put into action.
God calls us to follow Him and not just speak of Him. He calls us to live a lifestyle of action and not just of mere words. If we say one thing and do the opposite, then what’s the point? If we quote every single verse in the Bible.... but contradict what we preach, then what's the point? If we talk about patience but rage while we wait in line at the supermarket, what's the point? If we talk about the importance of purity but entertain conversations and relationships that suggest otherwise, what's the point? If we talk about forgiveness but fail to forgive our pasts, then what's the point?
Actions really do speak louder than words. I've realized that people will never care how much you know until they know how much you care. You'll be surprised at how many people are watching the way you live, especially when you think no one is looking. As a child I learned to love and follow God not because my parents spoke about their faith, but because they lived it out. I saw it in the way they invested their time; in how they handled hardship; in how they dealt with other people. Integrity and authentic faith gave them the credibility to teach my brothers and I about how important it is to love God.
God is more interested in how we put our faith into action, than what we have to say about it. Let’s live in truth, and live it out too. Let's live lives worthy of our calling through our actions, and not through our words.
I challenge you (and myself) to walk the talk! Instead of just talking about God's kindness, take someone out for lunch - even if you have no reason to. Instead of just speaking about God's grace, greet that person you’ve been avoiding recently. Instead of just professing God's providence and perfect timing, hand over what He has asked of you- even if it means missing out on something, an opportunity or a relationship etc.
Of course, no one is faultless - we all fall short in one way or another. But while God doesn't call us to a standard of perfection (only faithfulness), let's not take advantage of the grace we've been given! Let's do our part to make sure that our walk matches our talk; our works match our words; our behaviour matches our beliefs.