From a Spewer To A Doer
What did Jesus, Paul, Stephen, Peter, and many other men of GOD in the Scriptures have in common in reference to ministering the Word? Most could have probably rode the popularity wave in the right social circles in the larger towns and made a decent living just telling stories and possibly writing a book or two. However, that is just what Jesus did NOT want them to do.
Mark 16:15 says, ”And He said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” Well, that gives them the command of talk to everyone about the LORD, so, how can I say that it was just what Jesus did not want them to do if it says right there in the verse we just read? Good question. Let’s read another verse in Romans 2:13, “For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.” Do you see it? Let’s bring another one in our discussion. James 1:22, “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.”
Here we have another level of understanding we must achieve. Once we are there we will gain the wisdom of knowing that it is not just what we say, but what we do that is a witness for the King. I can think of no better example than a politician. One of my favorite political expressions is, “Diapers are a lot like politicians, both need to be changed and for the same reason.” No one wants to be known as the person who talks the talk, but doesn't walk the walk.
Our walk is the evidence of our talk. So, when people see how we live, how we talk to others, our attitude, our appearance, our integrity and how we talk about others, we are bearing a witness to who we say we serve. To live out loud. 2 Timothy 1:8, “Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God.”
So, now we see the importance of our witness. Lessie, my wife asked what thoughts I was writing down this week and I told her being more than a talker in Christ. Immediately, with a smile she said, “From a spewer to a doer.” I don’t think there could have been a better title found on this earth. To back this thought up, listen to what Paul said to the Corinthians in 1 Corinthians 9:14, “Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.”
I am not sure if there is a clearer of a statement or even if it’s needed. Paul tells us to LIVE the good news. So, if you have been discouraged about your fear of talking to others, be happy that your actions speak louder than words. Also, to those who play church on Sunday, but live like the Devil during the week, be warned, your actions speak of the contents of your heart. To all of you reading, be encouraged and aware that there is more to talk when being a representative of our creator and Master of the Universe. We all know in this day and time that talk is cheap. It’s time we stopped the spewing and starting doing!