What Is Your Doing Saying?

Your actions speak. Your works are words. The question is what are they saying?

Actions Speak

The old adage, "actions speak louder than words," is true because, as another adage says, "words are cheap." So, when it comes to our faith, if our words and actions are saying different things we must look to our actions for the truth.

That's what the apostle James tells us in James 2:18, and what the apostle John essentially tells us in 1 John 3:18. And Jesus also says this in John chapter 10, where once again Jesus has proclaimed himself to be God (John 10:27–30) and once again the Jews have picked up stones (John 10:31).

But before the stones start flying, Jesus asks them a revealing question:

"I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you going to stone me?" (John 10:32)

The Jews respond that they don't want to stone him for his works but for his words (v. 33). So Jesus replies,

"If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me [i.e. my words]; but if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father." (John 10:37–38)

What Jesus is saying is that his works are also words. In fact, he had said this explicitly a few minutes earlier in the conversation:

"[The] Jews gathered around him and said to him, 'How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.' Jesus answered them, 'I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father's name bear witness about me.'" (John 10:24–25)

Jesus's actions spoke plain and clear, but the Jews were not listening.

[Read the rest of the article at Desiring God.]