Word vs Action

Who are you representing today? Are you representing God? Are you showing Jesus to others? Are you spreading the gospel the world needs to hear and see? Are you doing as Jesus Christ commanded you to do?

We all speak of many things throughout each day. We talk about our work. We discuss family decisions. We likely talk about what so-so should do. You know, observing what everyone else is doing wrong and how they can fix it, even though they aren’t in the room to hear our “advice.”

Our churches have workgroups, councils, or action teams that discuss ministry and outreach plans. Often those discussions will go through several iterations with some of the ideas shelved and others (maybe) put into action.

Folks, if all we do is sit around and talk about what should be done, but do nothing, we’ve lost the point of what Jesus told us to do. Sure, we are to put our faith in Him. Yes, our first step is to accept Him as our Lord and Savior. However, once we’ve taken that step, He has given us a command to go and do for Him.

I’m sure some of you are thinking, “Great! Now he’s going to tell us how we are all to be ministers and preach the Word.” Yup. That’s exactly what I’m going to do. However, I’m not going to tell you that you should become what we call a pastor, minister, or preacher.

All of us are called to spread the gospel. As one old saying goes, “Preach Jesus Christ and when necessary use words.” Paul explains to us in Ephesians 4:4-16 that some are called to be pastors, ministers, or preachers. They are called to prepare the rest of the body to perform service. Notice Paul did not say that these pastors were called to do all the gospel spreading that needs to be done. That is the service the rest of the body is to do.

Each member of the body is to spread the gospel. And, yes, use words when necessary. I have had people I’ve worked with and clients of mine that have come to me and ask how I can remain so calm amidst all the chaos. My answer is always my faith and my trust in God. You see, the actions we take speak far louder than any words we can shout. Our actions allow us to use fewer words to spread the gospel. Now, doesn’t that make spreading the gospel a little easier?

I pray we all spread the gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ, through our actions. I pray we answer the questions people will pose to us with a faith filled responses. Be the positive force in actions the world needs. Speak when needed to spread the gospel. Trust God to provide you with faith, actions, and words.

James 2:17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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