A man can say whatever he wants, but as most of our parents taught us, ”actions speak louder than words”. What do those actions reveal? What do you truly value?
I am struck these days by how many of us would say that we truly value eternal things. Things like God’s Word, other people, and of course Heaven as our ultimate destination. Actions speak louder than words.
In his book titled Heaven, Randy Alcorn states that he made it all the way through seminary without ever having a class on heaven. Nothing. There were classes on church history, theology, Greek and Hebrew languages but nothing on the place that we will be forever. As I reflected on my seminary studies I realized that this had been my experience as well.
I thought about the number of sermons I have heard on heaven (none that I can remember), which only reinforced the axiom; “actions speak louder than words”. If we are not fixated on heaven, if our pulpits are not preaching about heaven and we are not living in light of heaven in an biblically educated way; well, actions speak louder than words.
I would wager that most of us spend more time a year planning a weeks vacation at the beach than we do thinking and living in light of a place where we will spend all of eternity. What does this ultimately say about what we truly value? Actions speak louder than words.
Let me encourage you to pick up a copy of Randy Alcorn’s book, Heaven. It is not a short read but then again eternity is not a short time.