Romans 10:9-10 9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
I remember in Physics Class, we learned that “for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” This is one of Newton’s laws of motion. For example, if you jump down on a trampoline it will propel you up. If a bullet comes shooting out of a gun, the gun will recoil as a reaction to the launching of the bullet. If you punch Mike Tyson in the face, he will bite your ear off. Something like that. The point is, when an action is taken, something happens.
In spiritual terms there are actions and reactions as well. There are internal actions and external actions. Spiritually speaking these are probably more corresponding than opposite. I think a more accurate principle of spiritual motion would be – for every internal action, there is a corresponding external reaction. Or maybe it is – for every external action, there is a corresponding internal reaction. In other words, when it comes to walking with Jesus, there should be indicators both on the inside and the outside. Here in Romans 10, Paul tells us that it takes both. There are things that the heart need to do and there are things that the mouth needs to do.
It is in the heart that we believe and are justified. It is in our heart that our faith takes root. It is on the inside that the workings of God transform us. But there are things for the mouth to do as well. It is with our mouth that we profess our faith and are saved. There are things that need to be spoken out. We need to put our mouth where our heart is.
Some people talk the talk without the internal walk. Others walk the walk with no talk. We are called to both. We are called to have a spiritual law of motion present in us that the internal workings of God in our life come out. We are called to have a spiritual walk that the things that we hear and speak go past our head and into our heart. This is how we will grow. This is how we live out our redemption. So if your heart and mouth aren’t working well together, why not try getting them on the same page today? It will do a body good!