I am sure that most of you have heard the expression “talk is cheap.” When we apply this expression to our spiritual life, it probably highlights some areas in our life that need help. Around the new year, you hear so many people talking about how they are going to lose weight and get into shape. How many people that make that statement follow through with their good intentions? Our spiritual walk can end up the same way.
How many people claim to be a Christian, but are not Christ followers? The inclusion of the word Christian into the label category is continuing to gain traction in our culture. I hear it all of the time; I grew up Catholic, so that makes me a Christian. My Church baptized me as an infant. Therefore, I am Christian. I attend Easter and Christmas services at my Church. Therefore, I am a Christian. Owning a Bible shows that I am a Christian.
You can talk all you want about how you are something. Talk is cheap and what is in your heart is all that matters. We do not score points with God based on our intentions. Thinking that we qualify to get into heaven because of something other than salvation will send us straight to hell. We all fall short of the glory of God.
Talk is cheap, do we believe others talk?
Ecclesiastes 5:7 NLT “Talk is cheap, like daydreams and other useless activities. Fear God instead.”
When you sit in Church on Sunday, do you think your pastor believes what he is telling you? Are the words coming out right, but the heart is wrong? God knows the heart and what one's true feelings are. One way that you can make sure that you are listening to a Biblically correct message is to read the Bible yourself. If you study Scripture on your own, you can verify and expand what you are learning in Church on Sunday.
I have been in Churches where the pastor calls his congregation to do one thing, and he goes and does another. This type of behavior leads people away from Christ, not to him. Showing others the way to salvation is only part of the task. We must also lead by example. When our talk is cheap, our case is lost. One of the best ways to show that our talk is real is through our actions. Cutting out the double standard and realizing what we are all in the same boat will help everyone with their spiritual walk.