We have all heard it. A cliché that rings true but is sometimes difficult to live out. Actions speak louder than words. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms defines this phrase as “what you do is more important than what you say, because the things you do show your true intentions and feelings.” We see this concept lived out every day in every aspect of our life. How many of us have sat through a meeting at the office or someplace else and all people wanted to do was talk? Talk, talk, talk. But nothing would get done. No action, no follow through, just talk. In fact, some people call meetings just so they can talk to a captive audience.
We have all seen this “all talk and no action” concept play out. Our political system is known for politicians promising the world when they are up for re-election and then nothing gets done. Relationships also have this issue. You can tell someone that you love them all day long. However, if your actions don’t reflect what you are saying then the relationship will be hard pressed to survive. The thing is, actions are what people see. You don’t have to say a word if you are showing people the love of Christ. In Matthew 5:16, Jesus tells us, “in the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” We want our deeds to reflect the goodness of God and shine His glory. It is never a dark day if you let the light of the Lord shine through you.
When I lived in Moscow, Russia, I had some friend who were moving apartments. They needed some help, so I offered an extra set of hands. I had a driver at the time, named Andre. I asked Andre to drive me to the friend’s apartment, not to do any of the moving labor. They were my friends and I did not want to abuse my relationship with Andre. My friends did not have that much to move, so we only needed to take one car load to the new apartment. My driver was quiet throughout the move, but I didn’t think anything about it at the time.
The next Monday, Andre thanked me because he had never seen anyone freely serve someone else like I had done that weekend. This kind of selfless act was not something Andre had ever experienced in Russia. Up to this point, Andre had heard about my faith, but that day he found out what faith in action looked like. It made a huge impact on Andre. So much so that he began asking questions about my faith and even ended up getting a Bible to learn more about Jesus.
Our actions are noticed. When we profess a faith and belief in Jesus Christ, we get put under the microscope. Our actions must match the words people hear from us. Even if we don’t say a word, our actions should point others to Jesus. Others will notice and eventually ask you about your actions. The door will open to share your faith! Today, make sure your actions reflect the gospel of Jesus. Be kind to someone who is sad, give to someone who is in need, help someone who is in trouble, encourage someone who is hurting. It doesn’t have to be a big thing. Bring in your neighbors garbage can, take a friend to coffee, offer to pick someone up for work, encourage someone who is down, drop school supplies off at a school. The actions are endless.