Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Let Your Actions Speak

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Luke 6:43-45  "(43) For a good tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. (44) For every tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush. (45) A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks." (NKJV)

Like the fruit of a tree, your work can tell people what you are about.  You may know people who do a lot of talking and a lot less showing of what they say they can do.  However, you may know others who are as quiet as a mouse and their good "fruit" speaks volumes about them.

Whether on your job, in the church, or simply interacting with random people, some have the tendency to garner great titles, but their actions seem to not make them worthy of those titles.  For example, today there seems to be an explosion of folks who call themselves prophets or prophetess.  In fact, they insist that the title be included on any literature where their name is printed.  The problem is that in the majority of the cases, these are self-appointed titles.  A prophet is known by his or her works with those works not contradicting the Word of God.  It is not a matter of simply scribbling the adjective in front of the person's name, but rather the action of the individuals.

The same can be translated into the work place as well.  Because you hold a certain title on your job, it does not mean you are completely worthy and entitled to the title.  Your work must prove your worthiness of the title and the fruit of your labor will show yourself worthy of the title.  By this, your co-workers and/or employees can honestly measure you and agree/disagree of your worthiness.  It is not to say that every person will agree that you or anyone else belong where they are.  There will always be those who think others do not belong where they are, purely for selfish reasons.  Generally speaking, your reputation will precede itself.

At the end of the day, I urge you to be concerned with your actions and your hard work. Let it all speak for itself.  You do not have to make claims about what you are or what you can do.  You do not have to grab the fanciest title and slap it in front (or behind) your name.  Even if your title does not fit the description of what you do, others will notice the good fruit that you produce.  Simply, let your actions speak for you and people will always know you by your fruit.

Antoine E. Hall

"Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says." - James 1:22

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