We Are the Hands and Feet of God
Did you ever take chicken soup to a sick friend? Maybe you bandaged the neighbor’s boy when he fell on your sidewalk? Perhaps you watched someone’s child while your friend got her hair done? Ever smile at a stranger? You’ve probably spent time comforting a friend in their desperate hour.
I enjoy being thoughtful. It gives me pleasure to see a smile on someone’s face. Being nice seems to come — well, “naturally.” Ever wonder where those urges or nudges come from? It’s the Lord. It’s His Spirit in us and through us. God is spirit. He doesn’t have hands and feet in human form. But, we do!
It’s the Holy Spirit who brings Debbie to mind: “Pray for her!”, or my mother: “She’d enjoy a call from you today,” or my husband: “He needs some quiet time with you today,” or my sons: “Make a fun dessert tonight.”
Scripture teaches us that “there’s none righteous, no not one.” The Lord used my mother and dad to instill moral values. He used my teachers to train my mind for study. Through my employers He taught me responsibility and accountability. Through my brothers, sisters and friends, He’s given me comfort and a sense of belonging. There have been many people in my life who have loved me and ministered to me in my times of need. All were vessels used by God — even the police officer who gave me a speeding ticket!
The Lord has really impressed upon me the importance He places on my willingness to be His vessel. I know that He is omnipresent. His Spirit is everywhere I am. And if I am sensitive to Him, I feel His presence. But there are times when I need to SEE a smiling face or FEEL someone’s heartbeat next to mine.
Have you ever been driving in the car and an old friend comes to mind? That’s the urge of the Holy Spirit to lift them up with a prayer or a call. Ever look into your husband’s eyes and see pain or anxiety? The Holy Spirit allows you to see it so that you might encourage him. What about those times when you sense anger or unforgiveness in someone’s words? Perhaps the Lord is showing you an opportunity to speak a kind word of healing. Yield to those impressions or urges. Be obedient to the promptings of the Holy Spirit.
God is looking for a vessel of light, love, and holiness. He searches the earth for those who will do His work. Jesus promised that He would never leave us or forsake us. He promised to send the Comforter, the Holy Spirit. Be filled. Be filled with the Spirit to overflowing and thereby, touch the lives of others. You ARE the hands and feet of God on earth.
Remember John’s words,
“No one has seen God; but if we love one another,
God lives in us and His love is made complete in us.”
1 John 4:12
So — let’s get our hands and feet moving!