Put Your Actions Where Your Mouth Is
The Word of God heard from your mouth is more effective if it is also seen in your life.
When people heard Jesus teach, they were amazed. They had listened many times to the religious leaders who read the Scriptures and gave explanations that were dry, lifeless, and mostly irrelevant–not to mention inconsistent with the lives they were living.
But Jesus’ manner of teaching was different, and so was His content. He explained the Scriptures in a way that made them relevant to life. Jesus spoke with authority because He knew the Scripture. And the people could see from the actions of His life that He believed what he taught. Unlike the religious leaders, the life He lived was consistent with the words He spoke.
Is your life more like the lives of the religious leaders or like Jesus? When you talk about spiritual matters, do you make them sound dry and lifeless? Or can you communicate the truth about God in a way that makes it seem exciting and appealing to others? Most important, are you living a life that reflects your beliefs?
Your answers to these questions will depend upon how much you know, and believe, about God. And the effect of your answers will depend on how you are putting your knowledge and beliefs into practice. If Jesus is at work in your life, then what you say about Him will be authentic.
They were amazed at his teaching, for he taught as one who had real authority–quite unlike the teachers of religious law. Mark 1:22