“For the kingdom of God does not consist in words but in power.” (1Cor 4:20 NASV)
Talking is a necessary part of life. We communicate with our families and friends, we read our emails and telephone a work colleague, we listen to the news and weather reports, we sing along to our favourite songs, we enquire about trains and buses. Words, necessary words, everywhere.
Words in Church are just as necessary. Preaching, teaching and glorious testimonies bearing first hand witness to what God is doing in our day. We sing the words to beloved hymns and beautiful worship songs, we pray, we give thanks, we worship. Words, necessary words. Beloved words. We wouldn't be without them.
But endless words? Words without purpose and words that simply multiply words. Ceaseless, meaningless talk that goes nowhere and achieves nothing. Many of us can recall times in Church just like that, but it's not the way it should be. If our Churches aspire to the standard laid out in the New Testament, then words are only ever a prelude to action! Preaching that changes lives, teaching which deepens our roots, prayer which brings miracle, which brings healing under the anointing of the Holy Spirit. A Church which becomes the hands, the feet and the voice of Jesus in our day.
Is it any wonder John describes Jesus as 'the Word'? He describes a Word that is Power giving that power to those who seek it, to change and become children of God. Not living a life of just words, but a transformed life of power.