I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. Ephesians 3:16-17a
I have heard many a young believer say they wanted to be “the hands and feet of Jesus”. It is often in the context of a desire to serve, particularly in some form of missions. I get it. I want to be the hands and feet of Jesus, to my family, my friends, the whole world.
When you think about it, it is something of a scary prospect. The hands and feet of Jesus don’t always fare that well. The last time we see Jesus’ hands and feet in this world they all had pretty cruel nail marks in them. Is that part of what it means to be the hands and feet of Christ? I am afraid it may be.
Sadly, even when we have the courage to serve like Christ, it doesn’t mean we are fit to serve. My hands aren’t like Christ’s hands. Mine are soiled with sin, in every category I can think of. Mine aren’t trained to help and heal. Mine are more accustomed to selfish grasping.
My hands are a reflection of my heart. My hands are soiled and selfish because my heart is. How different from the heart of Christ! The heart of Christ is loving, wise, caring, and holy. Even when I try to serve, I can wind up doing more harm than good.
In Acts chapter 1, the disciples were told the Spirit of God would empower them for service. We need that same Spirit. It is an important prerequisite for serving in the place of Christ. Join Paul in his prayer, my friends – that God may strengthen us through His Spirit, bringing an indwelling of Christ in our hearts. With His heart, we are ready to be His hands and feet to the world.