1 CORINTHIANS 4:20
For the kingdom of God consists of and is based on, not talk, but power, that is, moral power and excellence of soul.
There's a common saying today that talk is cheap. That's just one of the things Paul is saying to the church folks at Corinth in this powerful verse. It's so easy-peasy to SAY that I am a Christian man or woman, and very sadly great numbers around the world say this very thing. But at Judgment Day such will find that in fooling themselves and others they end up, not dwelling with the God of Love for eternity, but instead in the punishment of the wicked.
When the Pharisees asked Jesus when the kingdom of God would come, He answered,"The kingdom of God is within you (in your hearts)." Luke 17:21b. Who put the kingdom there? God the Holy Spirit Himself by great and powerful activity within us - else without a single doubt you and I would still be in our sins!
So it's not really to do with what we say or claim per se, but rather WHO WE ARE IN GOD. HE has to have wrought in us that mighty miracle of transferring us from the state of sin and death ACROSS TO and INTO the state of His glorious light always within us. And if you want to know for certain that this has truly taken place in your life then who you are in God should be - WILL be - showing out in DEEDS and in LIVING that show forth that we are really HIS!
May it be so for us all!
- BM with his Beloved