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Helpless hands

Pastor's corner

POSTED: March 27, 2007 5:13 a.m.
On Feb. 18, while cooking spaghetti, I accidentally spilled boiling water on my hands.
A visit to the emergency room told me I had suffered first and second degree burns. Three shots and a lot of cream and gauze and I was sent back to recover at home.
Ordeals like these teach us some valuable spiritual lessons. First, we take far too many things in our lives for granted. We take our hands for granted, but we could not function without them.
Likewise, we often take our spouses for granted until we are dependent on them. I have a wonderful wife, but these days my appreciation for her has deepened. She has done everything for me without complaint.
When couples have marital problems, they have most often pulled away from the one-flesh concept and become focused solely on themselves (Genesis 2:23-24).
Someone or some event must help them remember and reunite so they can be whole again. At that point they will discover what they have been missing.
We take God’s blessings for granted every day. The majestic things of our world are easily noticed, while in the mundane, blessings are overlooked.
The items we use every day, like our feet, hands and words all come from God, but we rarely think about them.
Second, helplessness is a powerful lesson. When someone else must help us do the simplest things, we can renew our appreciation of God as the song says, “without Him I could do nothing.” Scripture says “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” (Philippians 4:13).
Third, I must do a better job of being Christ’s hands in the world around me. Christ is seated at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:2).
We must be his hands on earth and his servants in the kingdom
(John 13:12-17).
Jesus said, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few” (Matthew 9:37). Christians must be involved in God’s business (Luke 2:49).
It is our singular function as members of his kingdom.
My hands are healing and I will begin to take them for granted again.
Spiritually, will something remind me of my responsibilities to God when my faith grows cold? This is yet another reason why our close bond with our brethren is so vital. We must help keep each other focused on the truly important things of life.
 

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