We learn a big difference today in the Proverbs between talking and actually doing;
Pro 14:23 In all labor there is profit, But mere talk leads only to poverty.
Note the word says there, in all labor there is profit, when we are doing a task, there is always some kind of reward for it, it might not always be immediate, but there is something that we gained from what we put in effort in. Some times what seems like wasted time at a task that didn’t work out can frustrate us, but at the very least, we learned what not to do next time. Lived experiences can often be better than anything we can pick up in a class room.
On the other hand, talking a big game about what we are going to do produces nothing but hot air. Action is what gets results, how many people have we encountered are on the precipice of some get rich quick scheme that never actually materializes, that euphemism “they talk the talk, but don’t walk the walk” comes to mind.
We can also apply this with God’s Word. We can certainly talk about the importance of Christian living, and while doing so, point out the sinful ways of others, but are we actually practicing what God’s Word tells us to do? Are we just hearers of God’s Word, as in we know what it means, but not actually doers?
A good opportunity for some introspective here that tells us to act, not just talk or go through the motions of sitting in church, letting Bible verses wash over us while we watch the clock waiting for service to end, but actually hear, act on ultimately obey God’s Word.