I’ve heard it said that effort is the best indicator of interest. What you care most about; you will act for. Too many Christians do a LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT of talking. And not enough LIVING. I am not a legalistic person. I do not believe that God’s grace depends on my action. God’s grace exists even if NOTHING else does. But, if I say I BELIEVE in Him then there should be action to back it up. I saw an interview with Jordan Peterson once and the interviewer asked Jordan if he was a believer. Jordan just responded, “it just depends on what you mean by believe”. He went on to say that true belief produces action. SATAN believes in God. So, just merely believing in God’s existence doesn’t mean anything. When we allow our belief in the Creator of all things to fuel our interests and passions then we are going act in the best interest of the Kingdom of God. So, do you REALLY believe Jesus died for you? If so, that should drive you to want to get the word to as many people as possible. To love others as He loves us. True belief produces that kind of action. Back to the first line in this blog…if you are “interested” in God then there should be EFFORT in your relationship with Him and His people.
What does action look like?
1 Corinthians 13:4-13 “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
A lot of times people stop at “love never ends”. But, if you read on you see that love is so important. We see that prophesies and tongues and these gifts of the Spirit are vital but tools used to get us to HIM. But, love: that is the big boy. Christ did all He did with a heart of compassion that was fueled by a love for His people. A love for His Father. That love produced action. But, without the love the action was pointless. So, what does action look like? It’s a response to a love for God and for God’s people. If you love GOD you will act on it. Don’t be one of those christians (lowercase c) who says they love God but then treat people like crap. You say you love God and then completely ignore His instruction and guidance. If you say you love Him….ACT ON IT. If you are not going to live His Word then stop calling yourself a Christian. Because you’re not one. So, are you acting out your love for God? Or are you just shooting blanks?
Why is action important?
Last week Pastor Nick shared this quote:
“In God’s eyes our words have only the value of our actions” ~ St. Ignatius Loyola
I don’t think action should be something you’re trying to do. I think action is something that exists because you can’t help but show your love to God. It’s like: if you fill a cup with water and keep pouring it eventually overflows. Cause and affect, right? If you love God and pursue Him then you will want to be like Him. Being like Him means acting like Him. Acting like Him means giving your life over and over again for His people. So, our words mean nothing if our actions aren’t backing it up. If our actions aren’t backing it up then I would go as far as to say our hearts just aren’t in it. One scripture I used to always keep posted and still keep within my heart while working my secular job is:
Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men”
Even in my secular job I want to glorify God with my actions. I want to work my butt off even beyond pleasing my human managers. I want to work my butt off to glorify my Father. I want to treat my co-workers with respect. Love my customers as I am talking to them and show them grace. Honor my managers in how I respond. There are times I have failed miserably. But, I hope and pray people see God in me at my job. I hope they see God in my action. One question Pastor Nick asked that I am going to end this blog with is this:
What are my actions saying?
Take time right now to step back and ask yourself this question. What are my actions saying? Are they pointing to the Father? Or are they just turning people off to Christianity? Are my action encouraging and edifying other believers? How are you living life right now? Are you acting out your love for God? Or, are you just talking about it? Put your money where your mouth is. Live out your love for God as loud as you can. Going to end this blog with a quote:
“Faith in action is love, and love in action is service. By transforming that faith into living acts of love, we put ourselves in contact with God Himself, with Jesus our Lord.” ~MOTHER TERESA
~ Jerod Rains