Have you ever stopped and thought, ours are the hands with which God blesses those around us. One of the dangers of any organism, organization, nation or person is that it or they become only consumers. An organism that only takes in becomes bloated and burst. An organization that only takes in and does not produce will go bankrupt. A nation that stops manufacturing and become a consumer nation will soon suffer inflation and lack of resources that is will die and cease to exist. A person who only takes in and never gives out will become proud, boastful and will begin to dwindle in usefulness, effectiveness until they become something no one wants to be around. The Dead Sea is a prime example. The Dead Sea has many contributories, not the least of which is the Jordan River. However the Dead Sea has no outlet and the Dead Sea is dying. It takes and takes and takes but it never gives back and thus it is dying.
Are you a consumer only Christian? Do you come to church and attend everything but never participate, never lead, never teach, never serve? Many of us in our modern church want to only be served. But that is not what Jesus wants from us. Remember what Jesus said in Matthew 20:28 and in Mark10:45, For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Annie Johnston Flint said it well when she penned the words,
“Christ has no hands but our hands to do His work today. He has no feet but our feet to lead men in the way. He has no tongue but our tongue to tell men how He died. He has no help but our help to bring them to His side.
We are the only Bible the careless world will read, We are the sinner’s gospel; we are the scoffer’s creed; We are the Lord’s last message, given in word and deed; What if the type is crooked? What if the print is blurred?
What if our hands are busy with other work than His? What if our feet are walking where sin’s allurement is? What if our tongue is speaking of things His lips would spurn? How can we hope to help Him or welcome His return?”
You see, during the last world war, a church in Strasbourg was destroyed. Nothing remained except a heap of rubble and broken glass, or so the people thought till they began clearing away the masonry. Then they found a statue of Christ still standing erect. In spite of all the bombing it was unharmed except that both hands were missing. Eventually rebuilding of the church began.
One day a sculptor saw the figure of Christ, and offered to carve new hands. The church officials met to consider the sculptor’s friendly gesture—and decided not to accept the offer. Why? Because the members of that church said: “Our broken statue touches the spirits of men, but that He has no hands to minister to the needy or feed the hungry or enrich the poor—except our hands. He inspires. We perform.”
How about you? There are needs all around us. Our church needs leaders, teachers in our children’s departments, mission leaders for GA’s who have a heart for missions. Many of us say, “I’m not teaching material or I can’t,” yet if we allow God to use us we are far better than no one doing the job. Don’t you think you could give some from all you have received from the Lord and His Church and His Word? Sure you can. Any of us can, All of us should, but the question still remains, Who Will?
I read this funny but serious story years ago I want to share with you as a reminder that the Lord Needs You!
This is a little story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody.
There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.
Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.
Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody’s job.
Everybody thought that Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it.
It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done
GOD WANTS YOU!
BIBLE VERSE FOR THIS WEEK:
Matthew 20:28 (KJV) 28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
Matthew 20:28 (HCSB) 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life—a ransom for many.”
ON THE LIGHTER SIDE:
Lord I know you have all this work to do and you want WHO to do it?
Nehemiah 4:6 (KJV) 6 So built we the wall; and all the wall was joined together unto the half thereof: for the people had a mind to work.
BUILDING BLOCKS FOR FAMILIES:
“They do not love who do not show their love” (Heywood)
Can you accept the fact that your mate will never be able to meet all your needs and aspirations? Seldom does one human being satisfy every longing and hope in another. Both [partners have to settle for human foibles and faults and irritability and fatigue and occasional nighttime “headaches.” (What Wives Wish Their Husbands Knew About Women, p.65)
“Your strength must come from the Lord’s mighty power within you. Ephesians 6:10 TLB
LAUGHTER DOETH WELL LIKE A MEDICINE:
“I’m getting so absent minded that sometimes in the middle of a sentence I…”
Where is it said, “Comfort me with apples, for I am sick of love.” (Answer in next week’s Pastor’s Pen.)
(Last Week) What palace had a hand that wrote on the wall?
(Answer: Belshazzar, king of Babylon Daniel 5:5.)