God has given us hands to cooperate. No one is a whole, independent, self-sufficient, capable of everything. We need each of us. An unknown author wrote: “Hands are for loving. Hands are for sharing. Hands are for working and hands are for caring. Hands can protect and hands can defend”. Actress Audrey Hepburn said: “As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.”
God has giving us hands to embrace with love
Human touch is crucial for physical and emotional health. In fact, babies not given adequate touch fail to thrive and eventually die, even with adequate food and water. Touch can reduce stress, pain, and induce feelings of comfort and happiness. Though these benefits are incredible in themselves, they are nothing compared to when touch has the potential to save lives. This happened with the famous “Rescuing Hug” that shocked the world. On October 17, 1995, a pair of twins were born 12 weeks premature. They were placed in separate incubators to reduce their risk of cross-infection. One twin, Kyrie, was gaining weight and was making good progress, but the other had breathing and heart-rate problems. The smaller and weaker twin, Brielle, went into critical condition. So a nurse did something new. She moved Brielle into her healthy sister’s incubator and watched as she snuggled up to Kyrie. The famous hug of Kyrie wrapping her arms around her sister Brielle started a healing magic. Brielle’s blood-oxygen readings improved almost instantaneously. Her heart rate stabilized, and her temperature returned to normal. Eventually, both twins went home, safe and sound. When we are denied touch, our health is negatively impacted. Today more than ever, in this world so selfish and impersonal, we need the warmth and softness of the true and loving embrace. When we touch and hug we live.
Romans 12:9-13 “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality”
God has giving us hands to help our friends meet Jesus
Christ had the mission of helping people find God. Now the same call is entrusted to us! You don't need to be perfect, spiritually mature, or have a Bible Degree Diploma to do it. You simply need to love your friends enough to tell them about Jesus. God does not expect us to accomplish this mission by our own hands. He has given us the hands of other Christians as support. Sharing Jesus is something that can be done in a group with other Christian friends.
In Luke 5: 17-26 we have the story of a group of friends who took a person in need to meet Jesus. They couldn’t find a way to get into the house where Jesus was. So, they lowered their crippled friend through a hole in the roof on a stretcher, right in the middle of everyone and in front of Jesus. He was impressed by their faith and told the man to get up and walk, and the man immediately did! God used these guys because they were sensitive to a friend’s need. People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care about them. They said: “Whatever it takes, we’re going to bring our friend to Jesus.” They did not allow difficulties to discourage them. So, don’t get discouraged, and don’t give up. Keep praying, keep asking, keep inviting. And keep working to reach that person for Jesus. Helping people get into Heaven is the greatest thing you can do for them and for yourself.
God has given us hands to save our family
Evil and corruption had infected the whole world. God could not see that sin and do nothing. So, He decided to wipe all of that sin from the face of the earth. Genesis 6:17 I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish. Out of love and mercy, God spoke to Noah and told him to build an ark that would save him and his family from the coming destruction. Noah's faith preserved his entire house from destruction. The Bible says nothing about his wife's faith, or his children's faith. It was Noah faith that saved them. It was his example, courage and obedience that inspired them to follow his guidance. Noah believed so deeply, obeyed and walked so intimately with God that it was natural for his entire family to do what he did. They believed because he believed. Like Noah, who trusted and obeyed God to build an ark so he and his family could be saved we also are challenged to use our hands (example of life) to inspire our family to follow and serve God. May our way of life be an inspiration for our family to follow and to serve God. May our hands be used to build something that will save our family.
Pastor Norberto Obermann