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Am I All Talk and No Action?

“The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach…” Acts 1:1

O my soul. What a fitting way for Luke to launch his testimony of what we call The Acts of the Apostles! What will follow is an extended history of the works and words of Jesus’ closest companions on earth. But note, my soul, where this inspired author begins…”all that Jesus began both to do and teach.” He commends Christ as both a “doer” and a “teacher.”

Here we see the great example to our souls. The Lord Jesus was a man of works as well as words. He taught the truth with His lips, and never had anyone in the history of the world taught like Him! But our Christ is not only the great LOGOS but the great ERGOS. He was both Word and Work. And both were needed. Alas, if all He came to earth for was to teach, my mind might have been enlightened, but my soul would remain dead in trespasses and sins. Praise be to God that He came “to do AND to teach.”

What about me? Am I content with a Christianity that is all TALK and no ACTION? Jesus was concerned “both to do and teach.” Am I? Am I content merely to believe the truth, speak the truth, sing the truth, but not actually DO anything about it? If I were suddenly snatched away would anyone need to be found to take over what I do? Would the church notice my absence? Christ was taken away, and there was much work that needed to be done. But alas, how many Christians today could be translated to heaven while leaving nothing at all behind them that needed to be done! Oh what a sorry entrance into glory goes that soul that leaves behind no work to turn over to another. His faith was all speaking and no doing. Do not be the sort of Christian who goes to heaven leaving no gap behind to fill!

Our Savior was both doer and teacher. Luke begins his account remembering “all that Jesus began both to do and to teach. Both! Therefore, content not thy soul to be merely a talker, a typer, a teacher…but not a doer, a laborer, a servant. Such was not the way of our Lord. Such should not be our way either.

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