I have found that we are good at telling ourselves little lies. These lies are subconscious attempts to help us feel good about what we are doing or attempts to make us feel better about what we are not doing. These little lies don’t seem or even feel like lies to us yet if you examined the evidence of our actions we would see that they are not as true as we think they are. We are great at talking about how much we love Jesus and His church. We can wax poetic about all the great things we would do for Jesus if we only had the opportunities. Sometimes even singing about it, but our actions speak louder than our words.
You see, I think our actions reveal far more truth that we like to admit. It reveals more about what we really feel and think about Jesus and his church.
How can we sing “Sweet Hour of Prayer” and then find contentment with praying 5–10 minutes a day? How could we truly understand the power and love shown to us in Jesus and not pray often?
How can we sing “Onward Christian Soldiers” and sit on the sidelines waiting to be drafted into His service? We can see, often see more clearly than the rest of the church, the work that needs to be done but we wait for someone to ask us before we serve.
How can we sing “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing” and refuse to use the voice we have for Jesus? When faced with opportunities to sing praises to our God we are quiet and reserved; afraid to be heard. When faced with opportunities to speak for Jesus we retract into our “I don’t know what to say” mindset.
How can we sing “There shall be Showers of Blessing” but allow every little instance of good or bad to keep us from assembling with the saints on the Lord’s day? It seems like we allow good weather and the worst weather to become obstacles to our faithfulness to Jesus.
How can we sing “Blest Be the Tie That Binds” and let the least little offense sever us from Christ and his church? I don’t doubt that our feelings get hurt and I don’t doubt the legitimacy and pain of those feelings, but when we allow it to sever us from Jesus I cannot help but doubt our love for Jesus.
How can we sing “Serve the Lord with Gladness” and gripe about all we must do? We are a culture that is quick to fill up every moment of every day with items that we want to do. Yet, when we are asked to come to church more than once a week, it’s too much.
How can we sing “I Love to Tell the Story” and never mention it at all? When we like a restaurant we tell everyone we know and yet do not tell anyone about Jesus. If we really believed what we say we do then we could not be silent.
How can we sing “We’re Marching to Zion” but fail to attend worship or Bible study? If we cannot march ourselves to church on a regular, on-time basis, how can we think that we will actually make it to the eternal city of God? If we cannot make it to church, why would we think we could make it to heaven?
How can we sing “Cast Thy Burden on the Lord” and worry ourselves into nervous breakdowns? We try to carry all our burdens, all our stress and worry when we know that Jesus has promised to be with us every step of the way and to be our strength.
How can we sing about evangelizing “The Whole Wide World for Jesus” and never walk across the street to invite our next-door neighbor?
The list could go on but I think you get my point. This great, and I’ll admit it’s a difficult truth, cannot be ignored. Actions speak louder than words.
Let me take this time to encourage you to look at your life, your choices, and what you profess to be true. Do they line up?
“Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.”
The truth of what you feel is what surfaces in your life. Actions speak louder than anything you could say.