Talk or Walk

by Mary Stout

Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”

Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. 12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. John 14:8-17 NIV

I have a little rebel in me. Now, you would not know that unless I told you. My walk with Christ has been anything but smooth. I have a friend who would tell me during hard times if you have Jesus you have everything you need. I balked a lot. I would send my friend silly pictures of people giving raspberries when I just didn’t want to believe him. I mean really, how dare he say that when my world was crumbling! I don’t really think I am a giant rebel; I felt rebellious when I knew he was speaking truth. What changed? It was not my friend’s message; it remained consistent. Over the years my attitude shifted. I began leaning more into my faith, even if it did not feel right; I began trusting every little thing to God instead of whining or complaining. I began living in Christ instead of being around Christ.

The amazing thing is when I began believing and trusting Him for everything, even when I was unsure or did not know what the result would be, life became better. It’s great if you say you believe in Jesus. you may have accepted Him as your Savior long ago. It’s another level when you apply these truths to your life. We all are a work in progress. He longs for us to walk with Him.

Are you talking or walking? Big difference.

Prayer: Father God, I thank you for showing us the way by your walk to the cross. Help us see our walk is better when we let go and let you guide us. In Jesus name Amen

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