We communicate in many ways, often without words. People can easily pick up on our mood just by watching our facial expressions. The things that matter most in our lives are revealed by the priorities we use to allocate what we do with the free time we have. We can express ourselves with words as well, but James makes the case that our actions speak louder than our words.
As an individual and as a community of faith, we should have an active faith that shows our beliefs by how we live out our lives. Simply by observing how we treat others, how we offer ourselves to those in need, and how we handle the adversity that life brings should reveal our faith. It is often through these observations that we gain the social capital necessary to share the good news of Jesus Christ with another.
Many will gather today in worship. If a person were to observe your worship today without being able to hear any of the words or the music, would they see joy and praise in you? Would they see one who is happy to be in the presence of God and one who is lifted by the experience?
As we gather together today for worship, we have much to offer each other. Today we will have the opportunity to hear the words of life. It is a choice to listen to and to engage these words so that one can grow in their faith and holiness. It is a choice to allow the word of God to take root and to continue to ponder how it affects our life as we go through the week ahead. May we receive what God has to offer today so that we become doers of the word defined by the Word and led by the Holy Spirit.
Scripture reference: James 1: 17-27