Practice What You Preach.

How many of us love to quote this verse?

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It’s short, sweet, and to the point. It says HER instead of him. It’s a nice reminder of how Christ is on our side and will always be there in case we trip so we WILL NOT FALL.

But how many of us are actually living our lives by these eight words? How many of us genuinely trust that Christ will not let us fall? How many of us are depending on Christ’s strength instead of our own strength?

I know it feels good to put a Bible verse in your Instagram bio (or whatever social media platform you prefer). It feels good to send your loved one the exact verse that will aid them in their time of need. It feels good to tell your BFF to pray about their worries instead of just allowing them to be consumed by them. It feels good to lead a gospel song at church. It feels good to invite a friend to church. The list goes on and on, but I think you all get the idea.

All of that feels good, right? But there’s something missing.

Nothing on that list had anything to do with being intimate with Christ. Everything LOOKED like Christ but none of it truly involved Christ.

Here’s why:

  • Just because you put a bible verse in your bio doesn’t mean you’re living by it.
  • Sending a bible verse as words of encouragement doesn’t remove the dust from the Bible in your closet.
  • Telling someone else to pray doesn’t make up for the lack of prayer in your life.
  • Singing the lead at a church on Sunday doesn’t make up for all of the times you listened to R-rated music during the week.
  • Inviting a friend to church doesn’t make up for all of the Sundays you skipped because you “turned up” the night before.

Key Point: Encouraging or motivating others to get closer to Christ does not make you closer to Christ. Stop trying to LOOK like Christ and start BEING like Christ.

If you focus on doing what Christ is asking of you, you won’t have to worry about what you look like because your works will speak for itself. Whether you know it or not, people can tell the difference between who intimately knows Christ and who does not.

“I’m going to give you a new heart, and I’m going to give you a new spirit within all of your deepest parts. I’ll remove that rock-hard heart of yours and replace it with one that’s sensitive to me.” (Ezekiel 36:26 [ISV])

You know those people that just seem different? You can’t put your finger on it but there’s just something about them? That’s someone who has an intimate relationship with Christ and who is not in touch with worldly things.

Contrary to popular belief, those who always hollering “Oh thank ya Father” and saying “Hallelujah” every five seconds usually are the furthest away from Christ but they want to LOOK like they know Him so that’s their way of making up for their lack of relationship with Him.

Who would take advice from an infant on how to properly eat pistachios? No one because they have no teeth. The same thing goes for us when it comes to encouraging others to get closer to Christ. Why would anyone listen to you if you’re not close with Christ yourself?

Instead of pushing Christ on everyone around us, let’s practice what we preach and put some action behind the words we speak.

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” (James 1:22 [NIV])

Peace & Love,

JC

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