Pr. 21:3: “To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.”
I know what God means. Last week my daughter got in trouble. She said she was sorry. 🙂 Very nice. The next day, it happened again. The next day, again. Those words, “I’m sorry,” sure lost their meaning.
I explained to my daughter that she could tell me she was sorry 1,000 times and it wouldn’t mean anything unless I saw her making different choices. Her actions were contrary to her words, and the actions were the ones that ultimately counted most.
James tells us that faith without works is dead. Certainly, we are not saved by our works. It is Jesus’ death and our belief in Him that saves us. However, our actions sure speak loudly of who we really are.
We can say we trust God’s word to be true, but just like in the case of my daughter, our actions speak much louder than our words. Do we show we believe God’s word to be true by the way we behave and the choices that we make?
When we see needs around us, do we respond, or just walk by thinking God will use someone else to provide?
Does our trust in God show up when we need something we cannot provide for ourselves?
When we commit sin, do we tell God how sorry we are and then go right back to that sin, or do we show Him that He is more important, by making the choice to stop sinning and run to Him?
Do we obey the Lord’s voice we He tells us to do something?
When we fail to be obedient to the Lord, does our regret cause us to be obedient next time, regardless of our doubts or concerns, or do we do the same thing over and over again?
Like it or not, our actions show who we really are. Just like my daughter, I sometimes forget this truth. It’s great to be a believer in Christ, it’s even better to prove it.
This one stung a bit,