Actions speak louder than words Message Topic: Actions speak louder than words Scriptures: Proverbs 1:7; 1 Samuel 2:3; Luke 10:40
Introduction: According to the Strong’s complete dictionary of Bible words - The word Actions is defined as: The sense of effecting; an exploit (of God), or a performance (of man, often in a bad sense); by implication an opportunity, act, deed, doing, invention, occasion or work. God’s Word reminds us that while many are called only a few are chosen. God wants us all to know that if we’re to lead in the Church or in a ministry we need to be men of action and not just men who play on their words. There are two key areas that will prevent a man of God from being a man of action, Fear and being Distracted.
1. Fear – (fright, anxiety, terror) Proverbs 1:7 - The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline. (NIV)
If a man wants to be wise, the place to begin is in reverencing God and in trusting and obeying Him. We fear the Lord when we honor Him for Who He is. Glorifying God should then be our number one priority. We should be fearful of doing anything that would displease Him and we should be fearful if we go around misrepresenting Him before men.
1 Samuel 2:3 - “Talk no more so very proudly; Let no arrogance come from your mouth, For the LORD is the God of knowledge; And by Him actions are weighed. (NKJV)
As Christians we should be thankful, and serve him cheerfully, and do good with the abundance he gives us. He respects not man's wisdom or fancied excellencies, but chooses those whom the world accounts foolish, teaching them to feel their guilt, and to value his free and precious salvation. Since the God of Knowledge knows all things, He will evaluate our performance along with our words and our promises. It is important to act upon our faith. James 2:26 tells us - For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead. Faith is the root, good works are the fruits. Therefore we must see to it that we have both. This is the grace of God wherein we stand, and we should stand to it. There is no middle state. Every one must either live as God's friend, or God's enemy. Living to God, as it is the consequence of faith, which justifies and will save, obliges us to do nothing against him, but every thing for him and to him.
2. Distracted – (To be perplexed) Luke 10:40 - But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.”
We often times lose sight of the big picture. We can so very easily get caught up in our ministries that we lose out on God’s very desire to minister to us. He desires to bless us and take us to new heights in our faith but we’re too consumed with the cares of this world that we simply miss it. God desires so much more for us. However He also wants us to be mindful that the number one hindrance in the ministry is distraction. There can be no sight without one having the light that is Jesus in your life. If we’re to be the very vessels that God wants to use we need to let go and let God be the God of all that we are. We need to be men who will not crack under pressure but will stand no matter what comes our way. We need to be men who will not only talk the talk but will be men of action.
In Closing, The Lord is looking for real leaders. Men and women who are willing to take up their cross and follow Him. Men and women of action who are willing to step out of their comfort zones to make a difference in a lost and dying world. I don’t know about you but I’m tired of all the talk. I want to see some real action. It’s time for God’s ministry to soar like an eagle.