Actions and Words
Key Texts: Jeremiah 7:1-3
This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Stand at the gate of the Lord’s house and there proclaim this message: “‘Hear the word of the Lord, all you people of Judah who come through these gates to worship the Lord. This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Reform your ways and your actions, and I will let you live in this place.”
One thing about Biblical prophets – they get right to the point.
Jeremiah, the “weeping prophet” had much to say to his countrymen about the ways they were failing in their relationship with God.
He had much to lament, and he was quick to share the depth of his sorrow with the people.
One of the things that was at the center of his prophetic witness was this: words aren’t enough – actions matter too.
It’s the bit of counsel that today we might put this way: “Actions speak louder than words.”
How about in your life?
Do your actions match your words? Do the things you say you believe in find real, practical expression in your day to day decisions and actions? I hope so.
None of us are perfect. As the apostle Paul would say, “All have fallen short of the glory of God.”
One thing is certain though. If our words of faith are constantly contradicted by our day to day actions, they don’t count for much.
So – take an inventory – regularly.
Can you honestly say you walk the walk and not just talk the talk?
If so, your faith is strong and secure and honest – and others will take notice.
If not, they will also notice.
Because actions really do speak louder than words.