Sunday, June 25th, 2017
Self-Examination (Part 96)
Hands And Feet
Moved with compassion, Jesus stretched out His Hand and touched him, and said to him, 'I am willing; be cleansed.'
Mark 1:41 (NASB)
How then shall they call on Him in Whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of Whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written:
'How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the Gospel of peace,
Who bring glad tidings of good things!'
Romans 10:14-15 (NKJV)
Helping hands and peaceful steps portray Christ. Neither is idle. Neither is selfish. Both extremities were made for movement. The dexterity of the human hand allows a variety of functions, but its most godly role is in helping.
The Hands of Jesus labored and lifted. They waved, welcomed, embraced and delivered. They held, healed and revealed; built, blessed and bled. They washed feet and fed thousands of people. They stretched from east to west in forgiveness.
As a circuit Preacher, our King's Feet moved. They moved from hamlet to town to city. They moved slowly, not to miss anyone. They moved humbly, not to appear snobbish. They moved as directed by His Father. They were nailed down, so we might move freely.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: In Body, your Leader is away. Physically, He's in heaven now, but He gave His servants clear orders of what they must do while He's gone. In The Great Commission, they're direct.* In Parables, they're illustrated.**
Actors, models and talent for Christ: You're His physical ambassadors: His servants and representatives--made, sent and meant to be action stars. Therein, copy your King's Hands and Feet: holding, molding and helping people; walking the airwaves of media.
To Be Continued...
* 'All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age' (Matthew 28:18-20, NKJV).
'Go into all the world and preach the Gospel unto every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned' (Mark 16:15-16, NKJV).
'Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His Name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And you are witnesses of these things' (Luke 24:46-48, NKJV).
* 'Then Jesus said to them again, 'Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you' ' (John 20:21, NKJV).
** The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=mat+25%3A1-13&version=NKJV
** The Parable of the Talents: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=mat+25%3A14-30&version=NKJV
** The Parable of the Faithful and the Evil Servant: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+12%3A35-48&version=NKJV
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Self-Examination series.