Thoughts: Speeches can be a great show, but most of the time not much comes of them. Speeches are great fro inciting passion or bringing about awareness. But after a while, the words pile up-and piles of words will never magically become action. Jesus was aware of what a mountain of words would stack up to, and that's why He let his actions do the talking. When He rose from the dead, Jesus didn't make a speech to the world or chastise his closest friends who scattered. Instead, He made breakfast for them. This action was a reminder from Jesus that His friends belonged, that they weren't disqualified because they'd made a mistake and that the dream of God's love was still alive-for them and everyone else.
We create a space for change in our lives when we put down the megaphones, stop shouting at everybody else, and show up for our own faith. No heart can be transformed by a bunch of words. Change comes from belonging, and belonging is born out of being with others. But it can't stop there. Belonging without doing feels like a clique. It feels empty. Whether we're invited onto the stage or posting on a Facebook account, we're tempted to think that our words equate to real change. That' s just the first step. Let your lives spring into action, and let what comes of that do the talking.
Instead of telling someone what we think or believ- or telling them what they should think or believe-what if we just ate a meal with them? It sounds insignificant at first, but it's not. Love in action has the power many of us haven't tapped into. Maybe you're bummed to hear this, but a casserole or a bag of In-N-Out burgers sat more than any five sermons on how Jesus loved us.
Discussion: Who do you need to (virtually or post-quarantine)change your approach with and just sit down for a meal?
Activity: Pick one of the people you just mentioned and be intentional about how you minster to them!!
Weekly Devotional from Live in Grace, Walk in Love by Bob Goff
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