DEVOTION:ACTION SPEAKS LOUDER THAN WORDS
John the Baptist and Jesus Christ were both very unique individuals. Angles announced both their conceptions and for some time they were both in the womb at the same time, although John the Baptist was born before Christ. They were contemporaries. John the Baptist of course was the forerunner of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
In our passage today, we encounter an incident where John the Baptist is in prison and seeks to know whether Jesus Christ is the messiah he has been preaching about. In order to figure this out, John the Baptist sends his disciples to inquire from Jesus.
When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?” Matthew 11:2-3
This is a very interesting question! Remember John the Baptist had already baptized Jesus. But for some reason, he still needed some assurance that he was the messiah he preached about.
The following is how Jesus responded to this question:
Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.” Matthew 11:4-6
Notice Christ’s instruction to John’s disciples. He said, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see…” The evidence was overwhelming that gave credibility to who Jesus claimed to be. He was performing miracles and people were talking about it. Or to state it differently, people were testifying about the miracles Jesus was performing. Because of these, there was no need for Jesus to say anything concerning who he was. Seeing and hearing the evidence, it was obvious this was the long awaited messiah, the son of the living God. His action spoke louder than any words would have.
- Who do you claim to be? How do people know who you claim to be? Is it because you talk about it or because they have observed your life?
- If you are a Christian, how do people know you are a Christian? Is it because that is what you claim to be, or it is because they have observed your life – they way you talk, how you treat other people, your work ethics? In short, do your actions prove that you are a Christian?
- The most powerful and effective way to witness is by letting people see who we are by our actions. This is what Christ tells us in the following verse:
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16
- Here is a scary question for you: If you are not who you claim to be, who do people say who you are based on their observation of your life?
- What do your actions say about who you are?
Monitor what your actions
Say about you
ACTION SPEAKS LOUDER THAN WORDS
By Pastor Shadrack Ruto