Several years ago, I heard an evangelist say in a sermon: “Your talk talks and your walk talks, but your walk talks louder than your talk talks.”
Albert Schweitzer once said; “Example is not the best teacher, it is the only teacher.
One thing is certain: there is no better teaching tool than a good example. This is key when it comes to making disciples. There is no greater tool on the disciple maker’s tool belt than a Godly example.
Consider the Master disciple maker, the Lord Jesus Christ. According to the writer of Hebrews, He was holy, harmless, undefiled, separated from sinners, and the friend of sinners. In fact, His life was so perfect that men had to be hired to bear false witness against him, and even those who put Him to death had to say, “I find no fault in Him.”
Notice what Paul tells the Philippian believers:
“Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel.” (Philippians 1:27 ESV
Paul admonishes these believers to “conduct themselves in a manner worthy of the Gospel” (NKJV). Why does Paul say that? Because when we live lives that are consistent with the Gospel we profess to believe, the Gospel becomes more believable!
When I was coming to grips with the claims of Christ, I became convinced that Jesus was real because I saw Him through the lives of young people who were genuine and living Godly lives. I saw Christ in them, working through them to minister to me. They didn’t just talk the talk, they walked the walk! When I saw Jesus in them, I wanted that kind of relationship with Him!
Since then, I have asked God to help me “walk the talk” so that others might see Christ in me.
What are some ways that you people see you “walk the talk” in your own life?