A person stands on a stage speaking wise words with an eloquent voice. Their words are truth. Their words hold life.
A person sits in the crowd hearing words and, even though they are powerful, this person feels nothing. There is no change. They are hollow.
Then a stranger beside them gently takes their hand. Suddenly the world changes.
Which person is greater—the speaker or the silent hand-holder? Which one has more wisdom and understanding? We might be inclined to say that it’s the person speaking, but if their words have no effect, what use are they?
If you are wise and understand God’s ways, live a life of steady goodness so that only good deeds will pour forth. And if you don’t brag about the good you do, then you will be truly wise.
James 3:13 (NLT)
Telling people what you know and what you can do isn’t the same as showing people what you know and what you can do. In the end, our actions hold far more sway than our words. Words, though they may be right, are empty unless our actions back them up. Words aren’t always necessary to convey a strong message. In fact, they are rarely needed.
We all make many mistakes, but those who control their tongues can also control themselves in every other way.
James 3:2 (NLT)
As Christians, especially as those who may not be in public ministry, we may struggle with ways to share our faith. We can’t find the words. Bringing up God in conversation always seems shallow and contrived. But what if words aren’t what we need to be sharing? I’ve personally had more people ask me about my faith based on my actions than my words.
When we act out Christ’s love and live a life of steady goodness so that good deeds will pour forth, we open doors that our words could never open. We make paths where our words could never go. We affect lives in ways words never could.
Don’t try to find the right words. Try to do the right deeds.
Daily Bible reading: Ezekiel 24-26, James 3