Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Actions speak louder than words. Have you ever heard that saying before? I think that all of us intuitively know that this is true, but it doesn’t translate very well into a lot of areas in our lives.  We like the approval of the people that we are with at the moment and so we will tell them what we think they want to hear.  But it is not who we really are or what we really want to be doing, so our actions never line up with what we are saying.
Jesus, evidently, dealt with the same thing.  This Sunday I am going to be speaking at the Fillmore County Fair Community Service.  I will be continuing the sermon series Red Letter Questions.  The question that we are going to be looking at this week is found in Luke 6:46 in which Jesus says, “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?”  In other words, your actions speak louder than your words.
This reminds me of the final phrase of the text for the sermon on July 12.  The last phrase of Matthew 11:19 says, “…But wisdom is proved right by her deeds.”  This simply means that in the end we will know what is right and what is wrong by the deeds of the person doing them.  We will see if they succeeded or if they failed.  It is the same with our lives everyday. Do our actions line up with what we say.  In Luke, Jesus was talking to those that were following and listening to him.  The point he was trying to get across, you need to do more than just make a mental assent.  There has to be action in your life that proves to the rest of the world that what you are saying is true.
So ask yourself this question, “Do I call Jesus Lord and then not do what he says?”
We are going to be at the Fillmore County Fairgrounds this weekend at the community service which will start at 10:00 am in the Grandstand.  I hope to see all of you there.  Have a great weekend!