Gift 51 – A Little Less Talk

Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”

Listen to Jesus for long enough and you’ll see this theme emerge: Talk is cheap. You say you love God? Lets see it by the way you treat other people. (After all, “Whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen”—John 4).

comedian 2This makes sense, doesn’t it? Imagine being a standup comedian and having everyone tell you how funny you are…and yet
no one laughs when you tell a joke. I can see a husband turning to his wife, 100% deadpan expressionless, saying, “This guy’s hilarious.”

Or how about the girl who stays with her boyfriend after he cheats on her for the hundredth time, because well, he says he loves me.

When words like these aren’t backed by supporting action they become nothing more than meaningless chatter. Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.

Because we all know…

You can say you think something is funny, but your laughter is the unfakeable proof.

You can say you love someone, but your faithfulness is the undeniable evidence.

And you can say you worship someone, but your obedience is the truest testimony of your devotion.

Jesus says, “Anyone who loves me will obey my commands.”

Because you can talk about loving Jesus all day long (or write blogs about it for that matter), but the proof, as they say, will always be in the pudding (by the way, where on earth did that saying come from?). And just to be clear, I don’t think the point is not talking about your love for God. Sometimes talking about God is a form of acting on your love. The point is that your words and your actions are supposed to be in tandem, intertwining seamlessly, without contradiction.

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