Don’t Just Talk the Talk; Walk It.

Men and Women of God: never discount the impact you have on others. You have no idea who you are influencing. My own firsthand experience has repeatedly taught me that this is true. Model godly behavior, so others can learn to do the same. Don’t just talk the talk; walk it. Let Christ shine through the way you live, love, and laugh. Yes, it takes practice. And no, you won’t ever be holier than the holiest of holies. This world desperately needs you (and me) to stand up and show them Jesus, not just through the words we speak, but through the actions we take. How can they know Jesus without us showing them who He is and how He makes our lives different? You may be the only Bible someone reads. As a friend of mine would always say, “Guard your witness closely.”

Romans 10:14-17 The Message (MSG)

But how can people call for help if they don’t know who to trust? And how can they know who to trust if they haven’t heard of the One who can be trusted? And how can they hear if nobody tells them? And how is anyone going to tell them, unless someone is sent to do it? That’s why Scripture exclaims,

A sight to take your breath away!
Grand processions of people
    telling all the good things of God!

But not everybody is ready for this, ready to see and hear and act. Isaiah asked what we all ask at one time or another: “Does anyone care, God? Is anyone listening and believing a word of it?” The point is: Before you trust, you have to listen. But unless Christ’s Word is preached, there’s nothing to listen to.


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