God’s word teaches that on the sixth day of creation God made man. Unlike any other part of His creation which He spoke into existence, He lovingly stooped to the earth and used His hands to form and shape us into His image. These same loving hands of Jesus, our Creator, were nailed to a cruel cross. His suffering was endured so that sinful man could have salvation, a means by which our souls could be delivered from the awful sting of sin.
I believe that very soon Christ will come again and will extend those same nail-scarred hands of love to all who look forward to spending eternity with Him. As we wait for His return, He needs us to do whatever we can to help others so they too can be saved. One way we can do this is to witness by using our hands. Here are ways you can use your hands as a witness for Jesus.
First of all, our hands can touch others. A gentle touch is comforting and healing. It gives a sense of security and belonging. Christ healed two blind men by touching their eyes (Matt. 9:29), and raised Jarius’ daughter from the dead by taking her by the hand (Luke 8:54). Nothing can be more comforting or reassuring than a warm hug, a pat on the back, or a firm handshake. Sometimes a touch speaks more than words.
Secondly, we can use our hands in giving. As we are able, we can contribute financially to those in need. We can never exceed God’s ability to give to us, yet He will always return to us in countless ways when we give from our hearts. When the Mosaic sanctuary was being built, the Israelites opened their hands and gave so abundantly that Moses had to tell them to stop giving (Ex. 35:29, 36:6, 7)!
Next, you can use your hands by writing letters or sending cards. Our sick, shut-in and missing members will appreciate words of encouragement. You can let them know you are praying for them, that you miss them and love them. The apostle Paul used his hands to write many letters (epistles) while he was in prison to the newly established churches and to his close friends to keep them encouraged.
Making phone calls
Picking up the phone to make a call is another wonderful way to use your hands. Phone calls don’t take much time and once again, you can leave a message of encouragement to someone who is lonely, ill or grieving.
You can also use your hands by cooking a meal, packing food boxes, or bringing clothing to those in need. With the talents and gifts you have been given, your hands can pass out flyers and door hangers for evangelistic meetings, drive someone to a doctor’s appointment, clean a neighbor’s yard or pick up someone for church. Just as Dorcas used her hands to provide for others, your hands can also be full of good deeds (Acts 9:36).
Most importantly, we can use our hands in prayer, folding them in reference and humility as we intercede for others. There is much power in prayer. James 5:16 reminds us that “the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much”.
Yes, your hands are capable of doing many good things.These are things that will soften hearts, things they will remember for a lifetime. The actions of your hands are only the visible display of the love in your heart, a love that grows through the influence of the Holy Spirit. Christ says, “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, ye have done it unto Me.” (Matt. 25:40). Just as He used His hands to minister to others, let us take time to do the same.
All scripture references from King James Version of the Bible