Actions Display Identity

From prison, John the Baptist sent men to ask Jesus “Are you the one we should be looking for?” (Luke 7:20) Jesus’ answer basically told them that his actions provided a better answer than words. He seemed to be saying “I can show you better than I can tell you.”

Pilate asked basically the same question when he said “Are you the king of the Jews?” (Mark 15:2) Again Jesus did not give a direct answer. He knew that any words he used to respond would not convince the Roman ruler of his identity. He was fully aware of what was going to happen in the next few hours. Once again his answer emphasized doing over talking.

If someone should ask us “Are you a follower of Jesus?” could we say “Just watch me for a couple of days and decide for yourself?” Or would we respond with a theological discussion, a denominational history and a six-part video series titled The Secrets of Salvation? 

Watch-me-and-decide-for-yourself Christianity must start with personal purity that not only refuses to sin, but goes beyond that to intentional acts of service. When John’s followers questioned Jesus, he was healing the sick, raising the dead and preaching the good news to the poor. (Luke 7:22)

James 1:27 and Matthew 25:34-45 emphasize that behavior always indicates our loyalty. Do our actions identify us as disciples of the Galilean?