One of my favorite verses in the Bible is 1 Corinthians 4:20.
For the kingdom of God does not consist in talk but in power.
You know why? Because there are a lot of talkers, but not a lot of walkers. Have you ever been to the park and watched a game of pick-up basketball? There’s always the guys who show up, they dress the part, they dribble well, they’re sinking three’s before the game starts, and they seem like a skillful beast. Until the game starts. You put a little pressure on them, start hand checking them, get up in their face on defense, and suddenly those money three’s they were sinking turn into bricks.
Good talk. No walk.
The apostle Paul is telling the believers at Corinth that some of the folks in their midst are all talk. How do you know who’s all talk? Apply pressure. Give them some responsibilities. Put them in situations where not everyone agrees with what they’re saying. The talkers will collapse under the strain because there’s no power in their lives. The walkers will bear the load because they draw from the power of the Holy Spirit.
God’s kingdom is more than an argument of carefully crafted words. The power of God is evident in people who commune with Jesus. God’s power is evident in churches where Christ is pursued passionately through mission and making disciples. It’s way more than words. It’s the supernatural presence of the Holy Spirit doing the work of Jesus through us!
Do you have power or do you just have words? Pray that as God fans the flame of your passion for Christ, his power in your life will become evident to everyone who knows you. Power begins with repentance. Perhaps today, you need to start your journey afresh by repenting from powerless faith and trusting the Holy Spirit to lead and empower you.
Don’t just talk. Walk.