May we be the hands and feet of Jesus.
What does it mean to be the hands and feet of Jesus?
This question has been on my heart for the last few months. I’m going to break it down,
but I want to focus a little more on what it means to be the hands of Jesus.
What does it mean to be the feet of Jesus?
And he said to them,
“Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.”
By being the feet of Jesus we are called to carry the great commission to the world.
Being the “feet” of Jesus, implies that Christ’s followers will actually get up and go.
We are told to carry out the mission of Christ by moving ourselves to seek those in need and to proclaim the Gospel to them. Whether it’s in our immediate circles, neighbourhoods, or globally,
we are commissioned to share the good news of what Jesus Christ has done, is doing, and will do and not keep the gospel a secret.
I find sometimes I get too comfortable in my schedule and miss the chance to share the gospel and help others.
Just as Christ was willing to bring light, life, love, hope, and forgiveness to his creation, so Christians today are called to step out in faith, follow him, and deliver the same message to a world in desperate need of a savior.
What does it mean to be the hands of Jesus?
So what should we be doing as the hands of Christ?
There are tons of examples in the bible but here are a couple:
This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.
And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.
If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?
Dear children, let us not love with words or speech
but with actions and in truth.
1 John 3:16-18
Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this:
to care for orphans and widows in their distress,
and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
What good is it, my brothers, if someone claims to have faith,
but has no deeds? Can such faith save him?
Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food.
If one of you tells him, “Go in peace; stay warm and well fed,”
but does not provide for his physical needs, what good is that?
So too, faith by itself, if it does not result in action, is dead.
We are called to care for, tend to, sacrifice for, be an example to, serve, help, and heal the widows, orphans, and our brothers and sisters with generosity, kindness, compassion and a willing heart. Sometimes we like to slap the band-aid of “I’ll pray for you” onto others when they are in need, but how many of us are praying for someone more than once or twice? And how many of us are willing to do more than just pray for someone?
Each one must give as he has decided in his heart,
not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.
2 Corinthians 9:7-8
This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of
the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions
of thanks to God.
Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves,
others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies
your confession of the gospel of Christ,
and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else.
2 Corinthians 9:12-13
What are some practical ways we can be cheerful givers and serve others?
In all things we need to have willing hearts and trust in God.
In helping others it doesn’t need to always be a grand gesture,
the smallest gesture can make a huge difference.
We like to think that helping others needs to include largely the giving of our finances. We can bless others by:
1. being a listening ear
2. a warm body on a couch with a tea in hand
3. caring for someones children regularly so they can have a break
4.making a meal for new parents or someone who just had surgery
5. giving a grocery card to the person struggling to make ends meet
6. calling or messaging someone when you haven’t heard from them in a while
This is the purpose of the church and the power of Christ’s disciples, to not just be receivers of the gospel but participants in it.
Challenge yourself to sacrifice for others. Sometimes we get so comfortable sitting on our couches and going with the flow of our schedules, that we forget others need to be shown the love of Christ. Push yourself out of that comfort zone and put your gifts into action!
Be willing to give of your time, talents, resources,and finances,
God gave us all these things for a reason and we should be using them for Him.
Set aside 10 minutes to talk to someone, spend 30 minutes making a meal,
or give $10-$30 worth of groceries, these are small sacrifices for us, but will make a huge difference for our brother or sister.
So this week I challenge you to be His hands and feet,
reach out to that single friend living alone,
the parents who aren’t used to having their kids home and
are trying to balance working from home,
the friend you haven’t heard from in a while,
the couple with a new baby, and the man working his hardest
to provide for himself and his family.
Step out in faith and show them the love of Christ.
Our world is burdensome, so let’s not forget to continuously love, help, and pray for others, and above all praise God.