Sacred Spaces 301 – (Living Sacrifices) – Our Hands
1 August 2011
Part two of our theme, Living Sacrifices, reflecting on my beautiful (and possibly very odd) artwork below:
(Glad to say that Zoe, a friend, helped write this week’s SS. Check out her blog here)
How do we use our hands as His Living Sacrifices?
Hands are just so important in our faith. We need to get into this world and grab every single opportunity God throws at us with both hands. Proverbs 10:4 says, “Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth”. If we just sit around not really caring about what happens in life, we won’t get the full, exciting and incredible impact of this life that God has given us. We can use our hands to touch the broken and help heal the negativity that surrounds us.
Think of a simple handshake- what does it do? It connects two people, possibly strangers? It links them in a relationship whether formal or personal. If we used our hands to make a connection with the cracked relationships amongst society, God’s wonderful creation could begin a process of healing; love and relationships could be built, purely containing God’s love and warmth.
Proverbs 12:14: “From the fruit of his lips a man is filled with good things as surely as the work of his hands rewards him.”
Take this song for example from Hillsong:
“These hands are Yours
Teach them to serve as You please
And I’ll reach out desperate to see
All the greatness of God
May my soul rest assured in You”
So yes, we need to use our hands to bring God’s love to people but we also need to remember that they are God’s hands and you need to put Him in control. Let God use your hands and let God enter the hearts of the people you touch with these hands. Reach out to Him, with both hands and praise the most awesome creator of all.
These hands that we lift up in worship need to stay in use as worship spills from just singing in to worship-filled lives, the living sacrifice life.
Paul used good imagery here in Romans 12: 2, when he told us to be a Living Sacrifices.
You see, a dead sacrifice stays on the altar.
But a living one has the choice, and selfishly we sometimes choose to get off that altar.
This week, let’s choose to use our hands wisely for Him.
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