As part of our reflection time at the worship service this past Saturday night, we asked those in attendance to consider adding their hand print as a statement of their willingness to be God’s Hands and Feet in our world. It was such a blessing to see so many participate. It was both a personal and meaningful exercise.
“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart…For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts’…. it is written: ‘What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived the things God has prepared for those who love him.’ For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Therefore, “such confidence we have through Christ before God. Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant…” The word “ministers” encompasses the entire realm of servanthood, not just pastors or deacons. God created us with a need to contribute and participate in His kingdom on earth. Our salvation is a free gift that demanded the work of Christ Jesus alone on the cross. But God requests that we join Him and be His active hands and feet in our hurting world. God has a ministry for you, and in Him, you are completely competent to receive and fulfill it. He can lead you on the adventure of a lifetime if you are willing to believe Him…
1 Corinthians 1:9
2 Corinthians 3:4-6