1 Corinthians 4:20 For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power.
At the beginning of 1 Corinthians, Paul has been talking to the Corinthians about those who are preaching the Good News. Apparently, they have been choosing their favorite speakers and arguing about who was better–quite similar, I imagine, to what we do today. I’ve heard people argue over whether Kay Arthur was better than Beth Moore and vice versa. With so many well-known preachers and teachers, it’s easy to favor eloquence over substance. And, boy, are we fickle. We change our minds about as often as pastors change their message.
But, as Paul says in v. 20, the Kingdom of God is not just talk. It’s about the way we live. We are not called to follow Kay Arthur, Beth Moore, Rick Warren or Billy Graham. We are called to follow Christ. We are not called to follow a formula like the prayer of Jabez or the purpose driven life. We are called to develop the mind of Christ.
You have gifted many to preach the Good News of Christ but when we put them on a pedestal it defeats the purpose You gave them. We should be hearing the Good News, applying it to our life, and spreading the message of Christ’s sacrifice and salvation to others. Give us discernment to determine what is substance and what is fluff. Help us apply the truth of Your Word to our lives.