When I was younger I hated the phrase “You can talk the talk, but can you walk the walk?”. Usually it was some adult figure saying it to me and I didn’t want to hear it. We have all observed a time where someone said they could do something, but when it came time to prove it they can’t. I can even remember in my own life a time where I couldn’t back up what I said.
We see Paul encounter a similar situation in the Corinthian church. People where talking and even arguing about the Gospel, but no one was doing anything. It lead Paul to say this in 1st Corinthians 4:15:
For the kingdom of God does not consist in talk but in power.
Our Current series at City Lights about the Kingdom of God. We are talking about how it is not just a place reserved for us in the future, but is a accessible to us now. It should change they way we view ourselves, how we view our situations and how we interact with people. We have done 13 sermons on it. We have based our homegroup discussions on it. We even have songs to sing about the Kingdom. Those are all great and needed things, but there comes a time when we have to put some action behind what we discuss.
The world does not need a church who just talks about the transforming power of the gospel. They need to see it in action. They need to see it in the way we love our neighbors and our enemies. They need to see it in how we treat the poor, the needy, and the broken. They need to see it in how we respond in tough circumstances. Let’s not just be a Sunday morning church, but a church of action throughout the week.