In a recent chapel, we were challenged with a question that several men in the Bible also faced – What’s In Your Hand?
God asked Moses, “What’s In Your Hand?” God told Moses to release his staff — to throw it down on the ground. You could almost sense the uncertain tension Moses was experiencing because he relied so much on his staff. I challenged our students with this: You have TEXTBOOKS in your hand that represent your tool used for doing your job, which is to be a student. What’s In Your Hand? How are you doing in your classes?
Sling of Faith
“What’s In Your Hand,”David? David is getting ready to meet Goliath, and he replaces the armor, helmet, and sword given to him by his fellow countrymen, with his trusty slingshot — and only a slingshot. There are times in our life that, instead of taking a stand for RIGHTEOUSNESS, we are afraid to stand up against our giants or our temptations. We don’t show faith that God’s plan is the best plan for our life.
Bread and Fish of Hope
The Young Boy’s question: “What’s In Your Hand?” 5,000 plus hungry people waiting for a meal and all that can be found is a willing young boy with 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish. Many times we think that we don’t have much to offer God. We use excuses like, “I’m too shy,” or, “I’m not talented enough,” or, “I’m not popular,” etc. God isn’t really interested in these things. God is more interested in our hearts and whether we are truly available and willing to serve others. When we give all that we are to all that He is, wonders happen and the needs of people are met.
What Do These Scars Represent?
Many of us have scars on our body. These scars represent an episode, an emergency, or a situation that happened in our lives; things that we have not forgotten! When we see someone else’s scar, we tend to think, “I wonder what happened?” Those questions take on a different meaning when YOU are responsible for someone else’s scars. In Jesus’ hands, there are scars from the nails that pierced him when He was on the cross for our sins. Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do (obey) what I command you.” The nail-scarred hands of Jesus represent His unconditional love for you and me.
So… What’s In Your Hand Today?
Are you holding on to sin & sinful habits of anger, selfishness, gossip, etc.? Are you holding on to a relationship that is not helping you to become more like Christ? Are you gripped by your past and therefore becoming paralyzed to reach out and grow? Are you holding on to excuses? What’s in your hand?
- Obey God – like Moses
- Put your FAITH & TRUST in Him – like David
- HOPE only in Him – like the young boy with 5 loaves and 2 fish
- Love God with all your heart, soul, and mind.
Put your hand in the nail scarred hands of Jesus!