20 For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power. If you remove power from the life of a Christian what do you have left? If you remove power from a local church what remains? (1 Corinthians 4:1-21 NLT)
Talk. And lots of it.
Paul is addressing the church in Corinth which was ripping itself apart with popularity contests for their favorite preachers—Paul, Apollos and Cephas. The root of it all was pride. The Corinthians were sermon connoisseurs, critiquing their preachers as entertainers rather than embracing the simple gospel message.
There has never been more content available to us as Christians than now. You can access thousands of sermons and books for free, most on your phone. We can become podcast connoisseurs yet at the same time claim we’re ‘not being fed’.
We need to heed Paul’s reminder; the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power.
You can talk at length about love but when people see you faithfully and sacrificially loving and serving your spouse and kids…that’s powerful.
You can expound on faith but when people see you take real risks to share the gospel of Christ…that’s powerful.
There is no teaching of scripture that lacks depth when it is put into action.
Let’s not be content with just a lot of talk. May there be less words and more power in our lives today.