Walking the Talk
This is the last Children’s Corner about being not ashamed of the gospel. The first one was about how the Holy Spirit gives us courage and strength to take a stand for God. In the second we looked at our speech: being bold to tell others about the gospel. And finally, in this last one we will see how important it is to do what we say. Now we’re ready for action!
Have you heard the expression ‘walk the talk’? It is often used when we want to remind ourselves that we should do what we say, instead of saying something and then doing the opposite. An example of this is when someone claims to like reading, whereas in fact they spend all their free time watching YouTube. Or when a person says they think it’s important to be healthy but they never do any sport and avoid eating vegetables. We can tell what someone really thinks is important by looking at their actions. As another expression reminds us, ‘actions speak louder than words’. We should not let our actions contradict what we say with our words.
This is especially important to us as Christians. How can we make God happy and help other people believe in Him if we tell lies, shout, and are rude and unkind? If people know we are Christians and see us behaving badly, they will not want to become Christians themselves. James 2:17 says, “faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead”, which means that if people can’t see from your actions that you are a Christian, then maybe your faith is not actually real faith.
Even if people make fun of you or attack you for doing the right thing, you still need to obey God in the things you do. Joseph was thrown in jail because his master’s wife was angry that he refused to go to bed with her, but he kept on trusting God all the same. David’s wife Michal made fun of David for worshipping God by dancing joyfully. When Job went through a lot of suffering his wife asked him to curse God, but he refused. We too can choose not to allow other people’s opinions to influence us and have the courage to do what we know is right.
The best way to find out if you are ‘walking the talk’ is to approach someone who knows you well – a family member or friend – and ask them what they see in you. Ask them if you need to change anything so that what you do better lines up with what you say, and then ask God to help you make that change. People will surely notice a difference, and you will not need to worry any more if your actions speak louder than your words!
Written by Rachel Wong; illustrated by Tham Yoke Peng.