The next several days’ verses come from Paul’s letters to various churches. Today’s have to do with people who are “all talk.”
Now some have become arrogant, as though I were not coming to you. But I will come to you soon, if the Lord wills, and I shall find out, not the words of those who are arrogant, but their power. For the kingdom of God does not exist in words, but in power.
1 Corinthians 4:18-20
We know from other verses and from our own lives that words are important. Paul is talking about empty words. Words without action or the fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control) accompanying them. If you’re wondering how “arrogant” the people he’s talking about are, he uses the word “arrogant” again a few verses later regarding the people not caring that a man in the church is sleeping with his father’s wife.
Like Jesus saying that not everyone who says, “Lord, Lord,” entering the kingdom of heaven, Paul is saying to live for Christ, not just talk about him. Paul is planning to visit Corinth, and he’s going to see who’s all talk and who recognizes that the kingdom of God means walking in the power of the Spirit.
What will your kingdom statement be today? Use it to replace your worry thoughts!
*New American Standard Bible verses used in the book version of this devotional with permission from The Lockman Foundation.