Grow • Devotion #2: Don’t Just Talk the Talk
Jared Bruder | Growth Intern
Let’s say one day you decide you wish to be a bodybuilding legend. I tell you I can train you because I am an expert in all things bodybuilding. I have been bodybuilding for most of my life, and at points, it feels that is all I do is lift weights. If you train like me, you will become a bodybuilding legend guaranteed. We meet up for our first training session where you find out I am in fact a small-framed distance runner. At this point, you would call me a liar because I said I was a bodybuilder, but my actions say I am a distance runner.
That would be totally unacceptable in that situation for me to claim to be something I am not, but churchgoers do this all the time. Some claim to be a Jesus follower, but their actions tell a very different story. Part of our growth as a believer and follower of Jesus is our works must match our talk. This issue is addressed in the book of James that states, “But someone will say, ‘you have faith and I have works.’ Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works” (James 2:18). Our works validate our speech and sometimes even speak louder than our speech. We must come to the point in our life of following Jesus where our actions match what we say.
Those who do not believe will watch how you act before they ever listen to what you have to say. For this reason, Jesus said in John 13:35, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” It has been said of old, “Preach the gospel, and if necessary, use words.” The way we live our lives is very important. If we claim to be a Jesus’ follower, our actions must show that we indeed follow Jesus.
Being a Christian is not so much what you say but what you do. Live your life in such a way that you do not have to tell those around you that you are a Christian. They will already know you are because of the way in which you live your life. Your actions will speak, and then your words will be even stronger. Do not just say you follow Jesus; instead you should actually follow Him.