Another wonderful part of the masterpiece God has created for you to serve. As I look at my hands, I ask… “what DO hands do?”
These were the hands that healed the blind, bid the disciples to come, cooked on the seashore, overturned tables in the temple courts, provided comfort to those in need, fed the thousands, and then, ultimately they were nailed to the cross.
These few examples are during Biblical times. Stop and ponder how He is still using His hands in your life today.
Can you see how God is at work in your life? How have you been blessed by the hands of others? How long has it been since you even thought to serve someone? Are your hands being used for selfish purposes or are they intentionally at work serving others?
(read the account in Luke 24: 13-33)
While these two were telling of the event, Jesus appeared.
36 While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 37 They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. 38 He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? 39 Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.” 40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet.
Luke 24: 36-40
After He met with them, He ate broiled fish (a healthy meal), He encouraged them, then led them out of the city, raised His hands and blessed them. Then, He ascended into heaven.
In the Emmaus Road account, Jesus:
- Found a couple - joined their walk
- walked with them – teaching them
- Developed a relationship – they trusted Him and invited Him to stay at their house
- Served them by breaking bread - revealed who He was
- Blessed them, and left them with encouragement that He would send them what the Father had promised.
Do you notice other people’s hands of feet? Can you recognize them by their extremities? Perhaps how they walk or how they serve?
Extremities are defined as:
~ the farthest or outermost point of section
~ the greatest or most intense degree
~ the end part of a limb, as a hand or foot
~ a condition of extreme need or danger
Hands and feet are located away from the center of our body (away from self-centeredness) they are used in helping in a condition of extreme need or danger! We ought to use them sacrificially, reaching out for the greatest needs of others. God gave us 5 fingers to help us serve. He gave me 5 more points to help us know how to serve.
1. First finger! Serve. It’s the right thing to do! We are created in the image of God. Scripture is
full of how “God gave and Jesus served!”
Don't forget that two are better than one!
9 Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their labor:
10 If either of them falls down,
one can help the other up.
Careful not to brag or speak much about serving or giving to others.
It’s a heart attitude!
Now read Exodus 17: 1-12. It seems that Moses was always using his hands to serve God’s people. Notice in verse 12 that his hands became heavy. One of the common temptations as Christians is succumbing to the pressure of having to "have it all together." We may be tempted to hide our fears and weaknesses, feeling that we need to be strong for others. We may find it difficult to trust others with our insecurities and doubts, believing that this would somehow compromise our integrity as mature believers. Such tendencies are rooted in our cultural ethic of self-reliance, and they can lead to feelings of loneliness and isolation that will ultimately handicap our effectiveness of ministering to others. To truly grow and do the good work He has called us to and planned long ago, we must, like Moses, be willing to embrace the support of trusted friends and advisors. How often do you accept the assistance of others? Is there someone whose hands you help hold high? Jot down any thoughts or feelings you have about hands in your journal or put them on a sticky note and place them where you can reflect on them throughout the day.
I’m the type of person that would rather struggle through things myself rather than ask for help. This is not wise! I’ll jump to serve others, but often, I find myself reluctant to receive help. As I am maturing in my spiritual journey, I am realizing that God really does speak to the heart of others in order to help me out. I must be ready to accept, and in doing so, I am blessed and they are as well! Like Jesus, we must serve using our extremities, the part that is far way from our center...self centeredness! Our hands were made for reaching out, unclenched.
An open hand is a universal signal = invitation!
It quietly speaks of a willingness to serve.
Won't you use your hands in service to Him today? I promise that you will be blessed as you bless another!
From a servant heart,
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