Talk v. Walk: Getting real about what you profess …
As Christians, we hear about and talk about “living for Jesus Christ,” but is that a conscious objective of yours every single day of your life?
Do you start your day with God? Are you in the Word daily? (Psalm 1:2).
Do you walk with God while at work? At school? At home? (Romans 13:13a, Colossians 3:17).
Do you put Christ in the center of every relationship, and above every relationship? (Colossians 1:18).
Does Christ rule how you value and use your resources? All of your resources … time, talent, treasure (Hebrews 13:5, Acts 20:33-35, Matthew 6:21, 33, Luke 6:38, 1 John 3:17).
Do you do your best to take every thought captive for Christ? (2 Corinthians 10:5).
Do you take up your own cross every day and follow Jesus? (Luke 9:23).
Do you worship and praise God each day, or just for a matter of minutes on Sundays? (John 4:23).
Do you serve God? Do you serve others in His name? (1 Peter 2:9, 1 Corinthians 15:58).
Is prayer not just a priority of your life, but an unceasing part of it? (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
Do you love God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind? Do you love your neighbor as yourself? (Matthew 22:37-40).
Is living a holy life part of your life mission? (1 Peter 1:16).
Do you make disciples? (Matthew 28:18-20, 2 Corinthians 5:18-20).
You see, we can talk about “living for Jesus,” but that talk is of NO value unless we are doing our best, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to actually do it every day of our lives.
If we’re sincerely trying, with God’s help, then we can say we’re living for Jesus. Otherwise, we’re simply including Him in ways we find convenient, and excluding Him in the many other ways we find inconvenient.
None of us will ever be perfect in our followership during this lifetime, but are we purposely trying to do our best each day to follow Christ, to have Christ fully developed in us, and to be like Him?
Or is this more talk than reality?