We have heard it quoted, “Preach the Gospel always, and when necessary use words.” I love the heart that is in this thought. The Father’s heart is love, and His heart is always in action–love is in action. And since we are united with Jesus Christ, in everything we do the love of the Father should be seen in us…Just as it was with Jesus.
Since the Father’s heart is always in action, His love should always be actively displayed in our lives, flowing through us into the lives of others. But I don’t want us to forget how necessary words actually are, and how powerful they are to bring change and instill life in others.
Look at it this way: Jesus said that a good man brings good things from the good stored up in his heart…for the mouth speaks what the heart is full of (Luke 6:45). He also said that for those who follow Him, from their hearts would flow rivers of living water (John 7:38). He said this referring to the Holy Spirit.
So the Holy Spirit, the very Spirit that searches and reveals the depths of the Father (1 Corinthians 2:10) is in us as a mighty river of living water, bringing life to our spirits, and poised to bring life to others if we would just open our mouths and speak.
Even Jesus said of Himself, quoting Isaiah 61, that He was anointed to speak the good news to the poor…to speak freedom for the captives and recovery of sight for the blind…to set captives free…to speak of the Lord’s favor.
In Christ was the perfect union of love shown and love spoken–of life given in word and action. As His followers, this is now our lives too. Since we have taken on the identity of Jesus, we have taken on His mission as well–to destroy the works of the evil one, to reconcile people back to the Father, and to reveal His glory and love. To fully live this out–to truly live out the Great Commission–we have to reveal the heart of the Father in both love shown and love spoken.