These Hands

Often times the posture of our hands can reflect the posture of our hearts. So how are we using our hands today?

To give or take?
Starve or nourish?
Destroy or create?
Reaching for the temporary, or to glorify God?
Are these hands in the place that God’s heart longs to touch in this moment?

Are they caught in a whirlwind of busy work, striving by my own strength?
Or are they surrendered and at rest within the His strong, tender nail-pierced hands?

In Christ we have been declared righteous and whole.
Not by the works of our hands but by faith in Him.
By resting our heart in Him
And our hands in His.

His hands healed the sick,
Touched the blind eyes and restored vision,
Calmed the wild sea,
Held and blessed the children,
Extended love and forgiveness to the condemned.
Then those same hands were nailed to a cross.
For you.
As it was lifted upward,
His hands held the weight of His body,
And the weight all the world’s sin.

Three days later, those same hands were filled with life,
Sin and the grave had been defeated!
Redemption complete!
Vanishing up into the heavens,
He lifted His hands and blessed the people..

Now within His hands we place our own.
Now within His heart we place our own.
We were created to rest in Him,
And at rest in Him, we are most alive!

As I look down at my hands
Made of dust,
I see a physical extension of my heart.
Though weak and imperfect,
Shaped and formed for a greater purpose and plan.

Surrendered hearts are empowered by the life of Christ,
The love of God manifest!

And the longer I look down at these hands,
At my heart,
At my life,
I realize that, really, they are not my own…

Don’t you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body. (1 Cor 6:19-20) You have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer you who live, but Christ lives in you; and the life which you now live in the flesh, live by faith in the Son of God, who loves you and gave Himself up for you. (Gal 2:20) Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. (Col 3:3)  Above all else, guard your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.(Prov 4:23)

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