Everyone wants to be heard, to feel validated, to have a group upon which to exert influence. It’s a basic human desire—to be considered; we want what we say to have impact and sway. We want our voices to be heeded; we want our ideas to be received; we want to make an impact.
But in this world of hype and opinion and noise, in this age of spin doctors and charlatans and sharks, how can we be understood? How can we who feel burdened to speak out, to help others be guaranteed that in spite of the multitudes of other voices, no matter the clamor, regardless of the brazen blare of swindlers and cons, our voices will be heard?
When the crowds heard Philip and saw the signs he performed, they all paid close attention to what he said. – Acts 8:6 (NIV)
I read that in my devotion this morning, and it hit me hard.
Want people to listen to you, Deidra? Want people to know what you have is real? Want people to be pointed to me through your life? Want to help others? Then heed these words: After they saw what he did, they paid close attention to what he said.
The crowd heard the clamor of what Philip was doing; his actions made noise; his work got the attention. And once the people saw his work, once the crowd realized what Philip was doing, they all paid close attention to what he said. Philip worked first and spoke later, and when he did speak, he had a captive audience.
Because actions speak louder than words, because well done is better than well said, because when deeds speak, words are nothing, because people will doubt what you say, but they will believe what you do.
Want people to listen to you?
Don’t say God’s words; do God’s words; be God’s words.
And when you do, your actions will create a noise. People will come to see what you are doing, and when they see what you are doing, when they see that you are being, they will pay close attention to what you are saying.
Because the truth is that in the world in which we live, words aren’t enough.
Everyone talks, but few do; everyone declares, but few are.
Be encouraged today. God wants to use us. He wants to speak through us to touch the world, but more than He wants to speak through us, He wants to do through us; He wants to be in us. We are His hands and feet. We are His ambassadors. He has given us power of attorney. We must act through the power and authority He has given us—it’s the only way the world will hear.