All Sizzle, No Steak

All Sizzle, No Steak

The phrase “all sizzle and no steak” has always been one of my favorite. It’s such a powerful phrase that evokes an immediate understanding. We’ve all been hungry, waiting for our food, able to hear it sizzling in a pan, able to smell it cook, with our mouths watering. And then, we’re let down. The sound, the smell, the anticipation has heightened our expectations, and yet what we received has fallen far short.
Is this something that we in the Church can be rightly accused of doing? Do our testimonies contain a lot of sizzle while our actual lives offer very little steak? Let’s be honest: we promise a life-changing experience, a new way of living, and then live lives that are little different than the lives of those around us.
We must be vigilant to live lives that testify to the truth of Jesus’ power to save. Of course, that’s easier said than done. In fact, it’s only possible to say. It’s quite impossible to do.
That is, without the help of God Himself.
Only by the power of God can we ever hope to live like Jesus. How do we gain access to this power? By studying His Word daily so that our minds are renewed, freed from sinful and selfish thought patterns. By praying daily, talking with and listening to God so that we might know Him better. And through worship, focusing our whole self (body, mind, and spirit) on the glory and power that belongs only to God so that knowing, serving, and loving Him will become our greatest desire.
In so doing, we will find ourselves transformed by God to be more and more like His Son, Jesus. Not like Him in a uniform sense, devoid of our individuality. God was the one who gave us our personalities, and rather than strip us of them, He wants to free them so that they might be fully and truly expressed. No, we will become like Jesus in a unified sense, sharing His will and mission to bring honor to God the Father.
This is a life of meaning, eternal meaning. This is a life that promised true life-change. There’s steak here; there’s something worth offering to others. Through Jesus, we have the most amazing life, eternal life, to offer to those arounds us. All that is needed is for our lives to reflect the grandeur of our God.