Words are Not Enough

Continuing somewhat upon my thoughts on the Accredited Christian from the other day, one of the reasons we ought to labor to draw a line from God’s Word to our lives is that we are far too tempted to rely solely upon words. We say we believe the Bible. We say we trust in God. We say that we love God and love others. And it is very tempting to believe ourselves. It is as though the very confession of these things amounted to the same thing as doing them. It does not.

A profession of faith is a good thing. A religion that is only profession is not. Saying is not doing. And it is what we do that more accurately reflects our heart than the words we say. Words are easy. It is no difficult thing to convince ourselves that we actually live the things we believe. If we say the things often enough, even to our own heart, we soon imagine that our practice reflects them. I can say that complaining is a sin. I can say that generosity to the poor pleases the Lord. I can say there is no other God. I can say the Bible is my rule of faith and life. I can say I love others. The words are easy. The actual evidence may be sorely lacking.

“They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him (Titus 1:16).” This isn’t a new problem. Paul saw it in the first century church and warned Titus to watch out for it. But I take this text and want to apply it to my own heart. Do my works, my life, my deeds, my practices, my habits…do these suggest a real knowledge of God and a desire to live a holy life? Or do I just say such things.

Words are not enough. Saying is one thing. Doing is another. “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord’, shall enter the kingdom of heaven…” (Matt 7:21).

Start today. Pick any duty of the Christian life…and do it. Begin the work of collecting the evidence that your Christianity is more than words.

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