Have you ever been having a discussion with someone and you told them “I am listening” and yet as they begin or continue to speak your mind begins to wander? Once they have finished they are looking at you for a response or a reaction…in that moment your actions will truly determine if your statement of “I am listening” was really true.
It is this belief about actions being more important than words that really gets me confused about the explosion of social media…words, words and more words. Do you notice the items on social media that get the most attention or go “viral” (now there is an action) are the ones with a photo or a video? Why? Because they show actions not only words. This is not to say that words and what you say is not important but words are less important if you don’t have actions to back them up.
There is a song by Rich Mullins entitled Screen Door and that song states “Faith without works is like a song you can’t sing
It’s about as useless as a screen door on a submarine”
Actions can be so much more powerful than words that sometimes just doing something for someone means more than anything you could say. The bible has many words and usually they are words that are describing the actions of people in the past…so reading it is good to gain understanding of what God wants us to DO. Then we need to go do it!
Always remember the greatest action in human history is this…
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth”.
That is action…he came into the world to save us……I am off to go pray that God can use me to help someone who needs it today.
If you are interested in learning more about Rich Mullins here is a video from one of his last concerts