Recently, I listened to the song and was struck by the surprisingly deep message of the song.
And heaven knows I’m not helpless, yeah
But what can I do?
I can’t see the use in me crying
If I’m not even tryna make the change I wanna see
I can’t sit and hope, I
Can’t just sit and pray, that
I can find a love, when
All I see is pain
Falling to my knees
And though I do believe
I can’t just preach, baby, preach
What this song managed to convey within such delicate yet powerful wording while backed by a melodic R&B track—I cannot get enough of it. Actions speak louder than words, especially in a world where everyone talks but no one actually says anything.
I often find it easy to fall into a trap within myself where I feel hopeless and helpless about the state of our world and the often depressing news that is broadcasted 24/7. Laying in bed at night thoughts like I’m too young, this is too big, and how can I take action from where I am RIGHT now? run through my head at breakneck pace. Jesus did not just preach to his Disciples or the people surrounding Him. No, He showed them action. James 2:17 says, “In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”
Yes, we are called to be ambassadors of the Word, but we are not called to just preach it–we are called to live it and accompany our words with the actions of faith.
It’s easy to say something but it’s a whole other thing to actually follow through with it.
Our lives, whether you like it or not, are the biggest testimonies and proof of the One that resides within our hearts, or at least–it should be. In today’s culture, it’s tempting to want to fit in and be like everyone else. The pressure to be just like the next person so that others will approve of you or so that your Insta post get more likes feels almost crushing at times, and for some of us, we will do anything to feel “normal”.
But this is not the life to which we are called.
We are called to become uncomfortable and we are called to be different. Jesus did not come to die on the cross so that we could be “comfortable”. He came to break chains, shatter the old shell of who we used to be, and give us a new name.
To be honest, it’s easier to preach rather than practice what you are preaching about. I find myself countless times referring back to old blog posts I’ve written and think, “Man, Bekah you should take some of your own advice. Practice what you preach!”
Words without actions are dead, the meaning of which they are supposed to convey are lost unto the listener because they cannot see them in action.
So, today I encourage you to be the gospel to everyone you meet. Let the light of Jesus shine through you and remember, don’t just preach—be the sermon.