Signs of Life part 3

A Christian who is living the faith shows certain signs of that life. He is to have Dusty Shoes (from going out into the world and sharing his faith). He is to have Worn Out Knees (From spending so much time in prayer for himself as well as others). This week we are going to look at the third sign of life “Open Hands”.

According to tradition, the custom of shaking hands began among ancient German duelists as a sign of peaceful intentions. You couldn’t draw your sword when your hand was outstretched. So an open hand showed they were meeting as friends. A closed hand or clenched fist is a universal sign of greed and selfishness and is often seen as a person with a closed heart. But we also notice that an open hand means the following:

* A sign of surrender. A big time executive spoke of the years when his son was away from Lord. He finally realized that he had to open his hands and let him go. For a while he tried to control and manipulate, pressure and influence him to live and do what he wanted him too do. He finally realized that all he was doing was driving him further away. He finally opened his hands and released his son to God’s care and keeping. He knew the Lord was able to do more than he could and  in time his son came back to the Lord. If you are burden down with difficult problems than open your hands and give it too the Lord. “Cast all your cares on Him, for he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). To have open hands means giving your problems to God.

* A sign of Generosity. Dueteronomy 15:7-8 tells us that whenever we encounter a “poor man of  your brethren,” we should not harden our hearts, “but you shall open your hand wide to him and willingly lend him sufficient for his need, whatever he needs.” The wise women in Proverbs 31 “opens her hand to the poor, and reaches out her hands to the needy”. This is to be done with a  “cheerful heart” (2 Corinthians 9:7). We need to set our  mind to open our hands to those who are in need. As I have grown older I have learned that at Christmas now, I get more pleasure out of giving gifts to others than i do receiving them.

* A sign of Receptivity. An open hand implies a willingness to receive as well as give because it is hard to receive something when your hands are closed. God’s hands are open and stretched out in our direction. He is ready to give to you and to bless you. As Psalm 145:16 puts it; “You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing.” But in order to receive His blessings you have have to let go of the things that are filling up your hands. If you hands are full of the things this world offers than you cannot receive the things that God wants to give. The Lord wants to give us more peace, more grace, more love for Him, more love for others, more patience, more joy, more self-control. But He needs you to be willing to stretch out your fingers to Him and open Your Hands!

Excerpts taken from Max Lucado’s book Signs of Life

Pastor Kevin Jackson

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