When Words and Works Align

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. – James 1:27

There is a funny trend I have come to see on the internet…The “Meme”. Yea they have been around for the while, and most of them or jokey little sayings used to say something with words over a picture related to something going on in society. However, they are also used as motivational sayings etc. and even Bible verses.

The thing is, it made me start to think about the purpose behind some of these verses we throw out, and the little mini “sermonettes” that follow them. I recently posted a bible verse that drew some of what I would call “negative attention”. What was meant to be posted as an encouragement became the opposite. I started to wonder, would what I was posting be questioned if my actions backed up my words, or was it taken (or ignored) the wrong way because my actions behind those words were not visible?

“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. – Matthew 6:1

If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless. – James 1:26

What is the heart behind the words we say? Are we doing it to show the world how righteous we are. Are we posting to be encouraging, or provoke thought? The thing is, having a “heart” for others is a great “intention”, but without action it really doesn’t mean much. As the saying goes, the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead. – James 2:26

This is the sign of a lukewarm Christian. I have been reading “Crazy Love” by Francis Chan, and I don’t want to be a lukewarm Christian. I want my actions to backup my words. I don’t want to be a resounding gong, or just a mouth piece. I can have the greatest of intentions, but if I am saying one thing, and my actions are showing something else, then the world we see me as a hypocrite. Hypocrisy is the number one killer of the Gospel, and my job is to spread the Gospel, not destroy it.

I pray that the words I shared will spur you the reader to re-evaluate how your words and actions align, and that it might drive you to away from being a Gospel killer and into being a Gospel Spreader.