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It’s All About the Heart

Let your heart guide your hands. And if your hands need some direction, let God have another go at your heart.

Scripture

Our verse for today comes from Mark 14:46, ” Then they laid their hands on Him and seized Him. “

Background

One can say and do a lot with their hands. A show of hands would indicate a vote for or against the issue in question. For some, having cold hands would indicate a warm heart. If your left hand doesn’t know what your right hand is doing, you’re in the midst of a serious communication problem. If you’re living from hand to mouth, then things are not going particularly well for you at the moment. On the other hand (no pun intended), if someone is putty in your hands, then you can pretty much have your way with them. If you’re known to be heavy-handed, then you tend to act a little too harshly. And if you’ve overplayed your hand, then you tried too hard or went too far and probably made things worse for yourself. Certainly none of us would ever want to bite the hand that feeds us, nor have our idle hands become the devil’s playground. And one needs the utmost discernment to know when it’s time to take matters into one’s own hands. As I said, you can say and do a lot with your hands – or not. You might sit on your hands, not lift a hand, or simply throw your hands up. And when all is said and done, your hands may be tied, and you may be completely helpless.

Application

The mob that Judas brought to the garden to apprehend Jesus laid their hands on Him and seized Him. Their hands carried out what was in their heart. You cannot lay your hands on Jesus today, but you can go one step further. You can be the hands of Jesus. When Jesus saw need, He gave aid. When He was struck, He didn’t strike back. When there was sorrow, His was the touch of comfort and healing. To have this type of hands, you do have to lay something on Jesus, namely yourself. You have to give Him your heart, your pride, your anger, your agenda. You have to accept that there is no room for complaints at the foot of the cross. And when you do, when you finally stand there empty-handed, He will seize you to say and do all that is within His power.

Charge

As we seek Him today, let your heart guide your hands. And if your hands need some direction, let God have another go at your heart.


AuthorRich Holt | BCWorldview.org 

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