Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.
— 1 John 3:18 ESV

If someone would ask me if I love God and if I value His Word, I would automatically say “yes." But isn't it easier said than done?

I felt guilty when our growth group discussed this topic because I realized that my actions don’t prove that I value God and His Word.  

When my favorite Youtubers – Dan Howell and Phil Lester – announced last year that they’re going to have a show in the Philippines in 2018, I lost my marbles and went full fangirl. I didn’t think about anything else but those shining shimmering VIP tickets that would let me meet these guys. I even prayed to God to let me have even just one VIP ticket.

The VIP tickets got sold out in less than 5 minutes.

I was only able to buy a regular ticket, and I was appalled that the tickets got sold out so fast—but I was more appalled by my actions. 

I’ve never attended Christian concerts and I haven’t participated much in most of our church’s activities because they usually fall on Saturdays and I have work. But Dan and Phil’s show would be on a Thursday, and I automatically thought I’ll take a leave so I can go to their show.

It’s bothersome that I’m willing to be absent so I can go to these strangers’ show, yet I’m not willing to do the same thing for the God I claim to love. I’m willing to spend thousands of pesos on tickets and skincare but I hesitate to buy books that would help me grow spiritually. I’m willing to spend all my money on food but I’m not willing to attend a free seminar that would help me get to know God even more.

I valued these worldly things more than the God who loves me unconditionally and who knows me more than anyone.  

It’s easy to say I love God because I pray every day and go to church every Sunday. But when facing trials and being tempted by worldly things, I seem to find it easier to forget Him. No wonder I don’t feel transformed by His Word. 

Now, I realized that I should walk the talk. I’m now shifting my focus because I learned that if I love someone and I want our relationship to work, I shouldn’t take them for granted; I should exert an effort and prioritize them instead.

How about you? How do you show your loved ones that you love them? How do you think you can improve your relationship with God and your loved ones?