2021_02_02 Insight Post- Jim Morgans
This week's reading- Matthew 9 & 10
In our world today, politicians, business executives, salespeople, and even friends and family are quick to talk promise after promise, but oh too often their talk isn’t followed up with true action or deed. Hence it is easy for us to place little value on people’s talk these days.
As we read Matthew 9:6 in the Living Bible translation Jesus uses a simple phrase, “talk is cheap”.
Some men bring a paralyzed boy to Jesus for healing, and as a result of their faith Jesus replies, “Cheer up, son! For I have forgiven your sins!” But immediately some religious leaders standing nearby challenge His right to speak with such authority, “Blasphemy! This man is saying he is God!” They were basically saying, only God can forgive our sins, who is this man claiming to be God? So now Jesus has an opportunity to bring truth, validity and value to His words. He replies, “I, the Messiah, have the authority on earth to forgive sins. But talk is cheap---anybody can say that. So I’ll prove it to you by healing this man.” Then Jesus healed the boy, and the boy jumped up and left. Jesus surely proved He was the Messiah and that His words had authority, authority to heal, and authority to forgive sins.
I’m sure if you’re anything like me, we wonder how our words are received by others. Is our talk cheap or does it have value? And when we speak about our faith in Christ to others, do our words show and reveal the true authority we have been given by Christ? Unfortunately not as often as we would hope. Just as Jesus had to miraculously show His authority we too are encouraged to show our faith and authority through our actions and not just our talk.
James 2:17, “In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” Our words, attitudes, actions, and ultimately our lives, reputations, and legacy should bear witness to the new life in Christ that we have been given. We are on God’s team, on His playing field, and people are sitting in the stands watching our every move; cheering, judging, criticizing, side line coaching, and surely checking to see if our talk is cheap.
I pray today for our faith in Christ to be manifested in our daily choices and actions, may our Lord be glorified by our words and deed.
Matthew 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Director of Pastoral Care