In one of our recent Main Blogs: 21st Century Reformation, we observed that over the past 25 years rapid breakthroughs in technology have changed how we interact and gather together as human beings. This is especially true in how easily we can now express our feelings or beliefs to one another. In an instant we can tweet, text, email or Facebook “like” one of our “friends” or apparent loved ones. Some of these methods are private and of course others are very public. The temptation in the mind of the reader (private or public) is to interpret those communications as authentic expressions of the depth, commitment or even love toward the other.
Jesus was under no such illusion and constantly reminded his disciples, followers and even enemies that our standard should be much higher. Consider these statements:
“Whatever you did for the least of these, my brothers…” Matt 25:40
“By their fruit you will recognize them.” Matt 7:20
Be sure to read the context of these quotes and also reflect on well known parables such as the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30 – 37), the Talents/Minas (Luke 19:12-26), the Wise and Foolish Virgins (Matt 25:1 – 12) and others. Jesus was constantly re-inforcing that it is our actions that demonstrate what is in our heart, not our words. Our true feelings and beliefs are expressed in “More than Words”. Jesus highlighted this in the ultimate way by saying:
“Greater love has no man than this, that he lays down his life for his friends.” John 15:13
Of course, He demonstrated this Himself by dying on the cross for all of mankind. Always remember Jesus consistent teaching and eventual demonstration that it is your actions that will communicate whether your words have any meaning. Liking your friend’s latest post or picture on Facebook or tweeting your undying affection really mean nothing until you are in a position to demonstrate your words by how you behave.
So, is this the kind of action that you will be known for?
Or will it be this?
As you reflect on these thoughts, allow the words of this song by Extreme to penetrate your heart and go and love somebody by doing something real – More than Words by Extreme