Open Hands!

Open Hands!

God has created, shaped and redeemed us with a specific identity and we are unique.

We are a remarkable creation created by our Master-Creator and each part in our body is unique and has different purposes. 

The human hand has 27 bones, 5 muscles and 48 nerves, and it enables us to give a handshake, pick up an object and hold onto it, write, type, feel, etc.  Equipped with great dexterity (unless injured), it is a valuable member of our physical anatomy and accomplishes many useful purposes (if we choose to do so).

Yes, the hand must be open to receive and/or outstretched to give; or, it can be closed or clenched.  And, as we all know, it’s impossible for a closed hand to receive, while a clenched fist is usually associated with anger or abuse.

Thus, if we are to truly be used by the Lord, we must have open hands and hearts.  One usually goes with the other—for true Love and liberality always travel together (II Corinthians 8:2).

Again, the hand can be used to write a note of encouragement or criticism.  It can write a check of generous benevolence to help someone in need or a letter of condemnation to one who’s hated.  The choice is ours.

A hand can either raise you up from “the miry clay” (Psalms 40:1-3) or keep pushing you down.  It can lift a burden off of you or add to that which you’re already bearing.  It can feed the hungry or slap the face of an enemy.  Again, the choice is ours.

It can either receive or repel, touch or terrorize, give or grab; the choice is ours.

That’s why we should always remember Jesus’ words “Freely you have received, freely give.”  Truly, we came into this world with nothing and we’ll leave the same way (Job 1:21).  The question is, “What will we use our hands for while we’re here?”

Hopefully, our answer is “For the Glory of God and the good of others.”

Assuredly, there are times when our hands must refrain from giving—for they can create dependency in those who unwilling to work.  But, most of the time, we should be ready to give willingly, generously and cheerfully—for this is what pleases and glorifies the “Giver of all good and perfect gifts” (II Corinthians 9:6-8; James 1:17).

Just as the hand’s fingers each possess unique, individual identifying marks (fingerprints), so should each of us fulfill our purpose and calling as one-of-a-kind vessels of the Master (II Timothy 2:21).  That way He’ll be glorified and others will be edified. Life’s too short to “grab for all the gusto we can get,” forgetting that we cannot keep those things which pass through our hands.  So, hold lightly to the things of this world while passing on those things which the Lord has entrusted unto you.  You (and others) will be blessed and He’ll be pleased.

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