Today I am going to be discussing the wonders of a thing that most of us were born with, and that is our hands. We all have different types of hands. Some are larger, and some are smaller. Some are calloused, and some are smooth. Some are cold to the touch, and some can’t stop sweating. The gist is: it doesn’t matter what your hands look or feel like. God created each and every pair of hands with a unique and individual purpose. Our hands were made to be like hardworking ants that are always busy seeing how they can serve their fellow ants. We as children of the Lord are not called to sit back in our La-Z-Boy recliners and binge watch Netflix or go on Pinterest all day. Proverbs 10:4 (ESV), “A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.” We have to rise up and put these handyman-hands to work. Let’s take a deeper look into the Biblical purpose of our delightful hands.
- Our hands are called to be hardworking- Psalm 90:17 (ESV) “Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!” This means God has laid down a calling for our hands. Whatever we do with our hands must be for the glory of our God who gave us those passions and strengths in the first place. That means that whether the work of your hands means cooking for a family, working in an office, carrying children, teaching, taking care of sick people, writing software, or anything else you are called to do, do it for God. Do everything without complaining and put your whole heart into all you do whether you like it or not. Colossians 3:17 (ESV) “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
- Our hands were made for worship- Psalm 134:2 (ESV), “Lift up your hands to the holy place and bless the Lord!” This verse can be given multiple meanings and can also tie into the first point. We are to use our hands in worship whether that means raising your hands in song, folding your hands in prayer, or once again worshipping God through doing everything with a willing servant’s heart. Another way to worship with our hands is through the playing of instruments. Psalm 150:1-6 (ESV) “Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness! Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals!”
- Our hands were made to build one another up in faith – As Christians we should not let other believers struggle alone. We should pray for them and encourage them through Scripture and Biblical advice. We should be keeping each other accountable and reminding one another daily of God’s incredible love that He has for us. Exodus 17:11-13 shows this concept being lived out through Moses, Aaron, and Hur. While Joshua was leading the Israelites into battle, Moses had to lift up his hands in prayer, and then the Israelites would win. Moses was an ordinary human, and humans get tired. Aaron and Hur would hold up Moses’ hands when he could no longer hold them on his own. This is symbolic of lifting one another up through prayer. Prayer is incredibly powerful, and we were made to build each other up like Aaron and Hur did with Moses. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (ESV) “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”
- Our hands are called to be pure – Use your hands for righteous actions as opposed to sinful worldly deeds. Do not use your hands to harm another person or to participate in activities which do not glorify God. Psalm 24:4-5 (ESV) “He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully. He will receive blessing from the LORD and righteousness from the God of his salvation.” The Bible also mentions that if you have a conflict with another believer, you must go and make things right or (clean your hands in that situation) before coming to God’s altar (Matthew 5:24). Psalm 18:20 (ESV) “So the Lord has rewarded me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight.”
- Our hands are called to compassion– Our world is in desperate need of God’s love. Since we are the hands and feet of Jesus, we should eagerly be open to serving those around us. We are to be like Jesus who did not ignore those who were needy, suffering, and hungry for compassion. Take action and reach out to those around you. You have no clue what difference that could make in someone’s life. Proverbs 31:20 (ESV) “She opens her hand to the poor and reaches out her hands to the needy.”
I hope this post reminded you not to have idle hands but instead live out your hands’ calling. If you use your hands for the glory of God each day, God will see that, and you will be blessed. May you have a wonderful week, and I look forward to seeing you again next Sunday.
Posted with God’s love,