"For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power." 1 Cor 4:20 (NIV)
We have all heard the expression, "talk is cheap." The implication, of course, is that it is easy to say or claim a thing but that it is another matter all together to be or do a thing. This is particularly true in religion today. There are many people who claim many things but far less often are they backed up by reality and truth. It is easy to put on a facade and mange the impression others have of us. We show up at worship, say amen, pray reverently, slap a few backs, shake a few hands and check the box marked "holy" for another week, fairly certain of how we are perceived by God and man. The question must be asked, however, what happens when we walk out of the sanctuary? What happens at midnight?
Beloved, God is not impressed with any of what we say. Adam, Abraham, Moses, Samson and David all said wonderful things and were all guilty of sinning against God at one time or another even as do we. God is much more interested in the heart and mind. It is in the heart and mind that truth, love and sincerity can be found. And if they be found, they will be manifested in deeds. It is through these deeds that the power of God can be seen in our lives. It is not when we say we should love others as we love ourselves that the power is seen. It is when we help someone who has hurt us. It is not when we say that we love God but when we are obedient to His will and way for our lives in word, thought and deed that the power can be seen.
Words are important. It is through them that we learn about our Creator. The full expression of godliness, however, comes not from words but from the effect those words have on who we are and what we do.