Religion stands at the top as being among all fields of human interest the one most addicted to words. Nowhere else are there so many words and so few deeds to support them. – A.W Tozer.
God does not judge us based on the words we say, or the talk that we talk. God does not judge us based on our good works, on our flowery, elegant prayers. God does not judge us based on how many verses we can quote, or how much we know of scripture. God judges us based on how much we know, and how we live based on what we know. If we know scripture, but fail to obey it, we are failing God. Scripture and memorization is important, is good, but it means nothing if we are simply quoting it without living it. It is good for a person to be able to speak of God’s love and His Gospel intelligently, but it means nothing if we are not also living it. Judas knew Jesus, Judas knew scripture, Judas knew how to live, Judas knew how to fool, but Judas did not follow Jesus, therefore all of his knowledge, his previous good works, the fact that he said he followed and loved the Lord, meant nothing because he did not mean it. His deeds did not support his words. Same with the pharisees.
God wants us to be following after Him, not just in words, but in deeds also. Our faith should shine brightly out of us without us even saying a word. We should carry ourselves in such a way that when people meet us, they can see the difference. We should be a light – when we walk into a dark room and switch on a light, we do not have to be told that the light has been turned on, we simply know because we see it. We can see and feel the sun without having someone tell us about it. Our words, don’t get me wrong, are also important. We should be witnessing to others verbally as well, but if you are not following God in your daily life, if you do not carry yourself in a way that is pleasing to Him, if you are not living by faith, your words mean nothing.
God looks on our heart, and the world looks on our outer appearance -God knows when we are simply talking the talk and not walking the walk, and lost people will also notice when our outer appearances don’t match up with our words. We should be carrying ourselves properly, living in a way that makes God’s presence in our lives obvious to everyone around us.
“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
I met a Pastor whom I respect greatly this week, and he mentioned this to me – about how a Christian should carry themselves and should literally exude Christ. There are many ways that we can do this – by being respectful, holding intelligent conversations about the Lord, how we act in public, how we dress, how we behave around others, whether they be Christians or nonbelievers. As a Christian, it is extremely inspiring to be around a person who so obviously exudes the Lord like this Pastor does. When you carry yourself in a way that is pleasing to God, people will notice, and they will take this more to heart more than your words. Our words mean nothing unless we are willing to live our faith. The Bible says that when we follow it, and God’s commandments, “The whole world will know that you are His disciple.” When we love one another, when we refrain from sin best we can, when we know the scripture and live it, when we seek out His presence constantly, then the world will know!
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
This is something that has been on my heart for a long while – how am I portraying myself? Because when I act a certain way, not only am I portraying myself, but my Lord. Everything I do is linked to God in some way. When I act a certain way, does it please God? Does it make others want to know Him? Is the difference in me obvious? Or do I act the same way that lost people act, the way that girls my age act who are without Christ? You may assume that this seems…judgemental, or holier than thou, but it is not. The Bible makes it clear that we are to be set apart and different, not because we want to show off how good we are, but to show off how good He is! If God has truly made a difference in your life, it should show! There is a reason that the Bible refers to salvation as being “Born Again” We are born again, we are new! We are not the old creature, full of sin, we left that person behind to be a new person!
I have to ask myself this question often – am I simply talking the talk, or am I walking it as well? Am I striving to be more like Him? Do I resemble Him more than the people of this world?
Think about how you act, how you carry yourself – you are being a witness regardless of whether you are speaking or not.