You, therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself? You who preach that a man should not steal, do you steal? You who say, “Do not commit adultery,” do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? You who make your boast in the law, do you dishonor God through breaking the law? Romans 2:21-23 NKJV
In a recent business meeting, I noticed something about the way that I communicate that I am sure everyone else around me has known forever. As I sat conversing with a potential venture partner, I noticed that she was not making constant eye contact with me. Concerned that I was not captivating her attention, I paused my conversation to see if she was truly listening. Realizing that I had briefly stopped talking, she quickly made eye contact with me so I continued on. It wasn’t long before her gaze had shifted again. That was when I realized exactly what was going on. Her focus was more on what I was doing than what I was saying. You see, I am what some consider a “hand talker”. My continuous hand gestures are simply a part of my communication style; they help me to convey my points in my own unique way. I would like to think that my body language compliments my conversation, but what happens when no one is listening to what I am saying because they are fixated on what I am doing?
As I left that meeting, I really pondered on my new revelation and God revealed how applicable that is for many of our Christian journeys. We talk the talk, but aren’t honestly walking the walk and those who don’t know Jesus are staring at what we do and not listening to what we say. We proclaim the goodness and faithfulness of Jesus, but as soon as we hit a tough circumstance we almost lose our minds! We testify of the power of God’s unconditional love, yet we have designated many as enemies. We confess that His blood can completely change us, but we refuse to leave our old, foolish ways behind. Our message is great but our mess is tainting our witness!
The unbelievers around us aren’t listening to our words, they are watching our actions. The way we live is the only sermon that many people we encounter will ever “hear”. As the world around us listens with their eyes, we have to ensure that we are not misrepresenting the King. According to Merriam-Webster, an ambassador is an authorized representative or messenger. As His ambassadors in the world, we must govern ourselves as the King would. (He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked. I John 2:6 NKJV) We can talk until we are blue in the face, but it is our walk that the lost are paying attention to. Today let’s choose to let go of the “Do as I say and not as I do” mentality!
Please forgive me for the times that my actions didn’t align with the words that left my mouth. I don’t want to be hypocritical, so please help me to live the life that I preach. Give me the strength and will to always choose right. May my message not be tainted with my mess! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to survey your life and see where your walk isn’t measuring up to your talk. I EMPOWER you to seek God’s assistance as you endeavor to become more and more like Him each day. Remember as His ambassador, people are watching you intently to see how you and your God operate. Don’t embarrass the King and kingdom! Instead, walk the talk!
Can you identify an area in your life where your walk is short of your talk?
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Mrs. Kristen Harris is a wife, mother, entrepreneur and dedicated servant-leader. She is extremely passionate about women’s spiritual advancement, hence the founding of EmpowerMoments. As an avid reader, Kristen enjoys reading the Bible and other non-fiction pieces. Her driving inspiration is when God says to her: “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) She currently resides outside of Chicago, Illinois with her wonderful husband and three lovely daughters where she is an active member of New Life Covenant Church.