If you were to read the “hobbies” section on my Facebook, you would notice I am into reading, blogging, and running. I do all those things almost every week. If you keep reading, however, you will notice it also says that I like to work out, rock climb, and surf. While those things are listed, if I am honest, I haven’t done any of those activities in quite a while.
Now, I can talk to you for hours about each of them, I know the lingo, but I don’t actually climb, surf or workout anymore. So while I can talk the talk, I am not walking the walk.
The Bible Belt
Often times this is what I believe a lot of people in the Bible Belt do. They can talk all about the Bible and “churchy things” because they have been around it for most of their lives. However, when it comes to actually living according to the Bible’s commands, they don’t do it. They aren’t then walking the walk. Instead they are just talking the talk.
True followers of Jesus, however, not only talk about the Bible, but they also allow it to guide their lives. They live according to God’s will. In other words, they walk the walk.
You see, being a believer means more than posting spiritual quotes or Bible verses to Facebook. Being a believer is more than just knowing the lingo. Being a believer is more than just a claim. Being a believer means we do the will of the Father.
We aren’t a Christian just because we claim to be. No, Christians are those who actually live according to God’s will, who follow Jesus. So it doesn’t matter what you say. What matters is what you do.
Change Through the Gospel
Now, I am not trying to frustrate you by telling you you have to work harder or that you have to produce change on your own. Following God’s will and change doesn’t occur through our work, it occurs through the gospel. When we believe in Jesus our hearts should change. Our will, desires, and wants change.
The change we see at the beginning of our Christian walk should continue as the Holy Spirit works on us, and as we learn more about God’s will through hearing the preached word and reading the Bible.
So we don’t change by our own power, effort, or will, which means it’s not impossible for us to change. As well as it means we will all change to live according to God’s will, if we are truly Christians.
Question for Reflection
- Are you just talking the talk or are you walking the walk?
Post adapted from my sermon: Talk is Cheap, Walk the Walk