1 Corinthians 4:20 – For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.
This was the verse my quiet time was on today, it really got me thinking about how this applies to my life and how can I live this out, so I dug a little deeper.
I found that in Luke 17:21, some Bible translations say that the Kingdom of God is among us while others literally say that the Kingdom of God is in “us” – Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. (KJV)
So if you put the verse from Paul and the verse from his “beloved physician” together, what does this tell us? It seems to me that we are being told that if the Holy Spirit of God dwells in us, we are a Kingdom of God or at least, part of the Kingdom of God. However we don’t show this by our words but by our actions.
James 1:22 – Do not merely listen to the word and so deceive yourself, do what it says (action).
James 2:15-18 – Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them (words), “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing (no action) about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.
So I think it’s pretty apparent what I need to do to apply this truth to my life today and I hope you will join me by showing others God’s love through our actions.
My prayer today is that all I come in contact today will know my love for my Savior, Jesus Christ, not by my words but by my actions, for the Kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.
Heavenly Father, use me today to expand Your Kingdom not mine, help me to focus on the needs of others and not mine, help me to be a reflection of Your light to this dark world, I pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen!