Home Chapel Content - June 2016

Talk the Talk, Walk the Walk

Text:  Galatians 5:16-17

 

Memory Verse: Psalm 81:13 (TLB) “But oh, that my people would listen to me! Oh, that Israel would follow me, walking in my paths!”

Introduction: 'Walk the walk' is almost always said in combination with 'talk the talk', for example, "if you’re going to talk the talk, you’ve got to walk the walk", or "walk it like you talk it". This is a 20th century alternative to various old sayings which epitomise the notion that 'talk is cheap', for example 'actions speak louder than words' and 'practice what you preach'. The context for the use of any of these expressions is in response to what is seen as empty boasting. People who are accused of such are said to 'talk a good game' or to be 'all mouth and no trousers'. It is important that we back up our talk with action. If we say that someone talks the talk but does not walk the walk, we mean that they do not act in a way that agrees with what they say.

 

The bible has a lot to say about the way we walk and talk. It is in so many ways how we conduct ourselves as Christians. It is our conversation and our lifestyle. Using the phrase, “Talking the talk” we are in essence saying, “Is your conversation, or the way you communicate or express yourself consistent with what you profess to be?” In using the phrase “walking the walk” we are saying, “Is your lifestyle, the way you live or behave yourself consistent with the way you profess it to be?”

 

The bible has a lot to say about the way we are supposed to walk; not a physical walk, but a spiritual walk. Or the way we behave ourselves as Christians. In other words, our behavioural attributes. As Christians we are expected to live a different lifestyle than that of the world. Our actions and reactions should be distinctly different than the worldly crowd.

 

So, what are some of the behavioural traits God expects from us as Christians?

 

Seven Behavioural Traits:

  1. We are to walk in the Truth
  • 3 John1:4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.”
  • What is this truth John is writing about?

 

  • First of all John writes that he is joyful to hear that the saints of God are walking in truth. The gospel is called the truth. Jesus said He was the truth. You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.

 

  • What is truth today? God’s word in its absolute, pure form. Jesus Christ, as the only salvation. Jesus Christ as the only mediator between man and God. Jesus Christ as our supreme example.

 

  1. We are to walk in Love

 

  • 5:2And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.
  • Let your behaviour be of a loving nature. In your actions and reactions, let there be love demonstrated.
  • Let love be a part of your life’s attributes or characteristics.
  • Let every act of life be dictated by love to God and man.
  • 1 Cor.13 talks about the importance of walking in love.

 

  1. We are to walk after his Commandments

 

  • 2 John 6 This is love that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, that as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it.
  • In other words, we are to walk or live in obedience to His commandments. Then, our love is shown and proved by our walking according to the commandments of God; for love is the principle of obedience.
  • Is your lifestyle consistent with the commandments of God? Are you walking in harmonious uniformity to God’s laws?
  • Jesus said inJohn 14:15, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”

 

  1. We are to walk as Jesus walked
  • 1John 2:6He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.
  • What does that mean? It means we are to live a life that imitates the life of Jesus.We are to model our life after his.
  • We are to follow his pattern of conduct, actions, behaviour and lifestyle. We must be conformed into his image.
  • 1 Pet.2:21 “For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps.
  • John 13:15 “For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.”

 

  1. We are to walk in the Light

 

  • 1 John 1:7 “But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”

 

  • Light here means spiritual awareness or illumination. Seeing the light means a mental understanding of something.

 

  • Once we see the light of the gospel, once we have an understanding of the gospel, once we are enlightened about something in the gospel, we are to conduct ourselves according to that enlightenment.

 

  • Example: We understand that God’s Word said we should love one another. Therefore we are to conduct ourselves in that enlightenment. We understand that God’s Word said we should trust in God, therefore we should act upon God’s promises and trust Him.

 

  1. We are to walk in the Spirit

 

  • 5:25 “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”

 

  • The sense of this verse probably is, "We who are Christians profess to be under the influences of the Holy Spirit. By his influences and agency is our spiritual life. We profess not to be under the dominion of the flesh; not to be controlled by its appetites and desires. Let us then act in this manner, and as if we believed this. Let us yield ourselves to his influences, and show that we are controlled by that Spirit."
  • If we profess to be Christians, let us walk in the Spirit, let us show in our lives and conversation that the Spirit of God dwells in us.
  1. We are to walk by Faith
  • 2 Cor.5:7 For we walk by faith, not by sight.”
  • By faith - In the belief of those things which we do not see.We don’t have to understand everything! We don’t have to know everything! We don’t have to know what the future holds. The sense here is that we conduct ourselves in our course of life with reference to the things which are unseen, and not with reference to the things which are seen.
  • We walk by faith! We trust God!We walk by faith, knowing God will provide, God will protect, God will deliver, God will guide and direct, until we see him in glory.

 

Conclusion - Are you walking the walk?

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