Wouldn’t it be interesting to know the number of people Jesus Christ touched with His hands? We know Jesus touched the multitudes that He healed… Luke 4:40 says, “When the sun was setting, all those who had any that were sick with various diseases brought them to Him; and He laid His hands on every one of them and healed them.” Can you imagine what it would be like to be touched by the hands of the Savior of the world? Wouldn’t it be interesting to know the number of steps His feet took walking about all of Judea? We know Jesus walked almost everywhere He went… He went from town to town on foot preaching His good news. Can you imagine what it would be like to walk beside the Messiah?
There is no way to know how many people He touched or how many steps He took, but isn’t it fun to think about? No one in the history of mankind had a personal impact or the global impact as the Christ did. John would say in his gospel, “And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen.” John 21:25. There were so many times the apostles would even beg Jesus to take a break and rest, but He continued changing the world with His hands and His feet instead.
One thing we CAN know is that Jesus relies on Christians to continue changing the world for the cause of the Kingdom. Now, I don’t know about you, but there is absolutely NOTHING special about MY hands or feet. However, when I BECOME the hands and feet of Jesus… that is as special as it gets. Jesus entrusted us with continuing His work. He showed us what it means to use our hands and feet for the betterment of the gospel. The truth is, He is no longer here to walk city-to-city preaching His good news or to change people’s lives with His hands. He left that for us to do. Jesus had full faith in our ability to advance His mission of seeking and saving the lost while serving all those in need. The question is, have we lived up to the faith He had in us? If we do not become His hands and feet, there is no way for the world to come to the knowledge of Him.
When we become His feet, we are actively taking on the Great Commission to our lives. Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 16:15-16, Luke 24:47, John 20:21, and Acts 1:8 all give us a rendition of this call Jesus gave His followers. Every one of these passages has the idea of us GOING and using our FEET to preach the good news of Jesus Christ. When we become His hands, we are actively taking on His mission of serving others in love and compassion. James 1:27, James 2:14-17, Galatians 6:9-10, Matthew 25:35, and Luke 14:13-14 all give us the expectation for Christian’s concern for others. Every one of these passages has the idea of us DOING by using our HANDS to serve others with the gentleness and loving-kindness of Jesus Christ.
Whenever we prefer one focus over the other, we have missed the balance Jesus had in His ministry. Some congregations are so focused on becoming His feet by proclaiming the gospel in evangelism… that they neglect to become His hands by serving others in benevolence. When this happens, the community has no reason to care about what they say because they cannot know how much the Church cares. The Church’s care has not been shown to them. Other congregations are so focused on becoming His hands by serving others in benevolence… that they neglect to become His feet by proclaiming the gospel in evangelism. When this happens, the good news of Jesus is not being preached, and souls are not being saved.
When we find the balance of becoming His hands and feet, we will turn the world upside down as the first century Christians did (Acts 17:6). This coming year at the Buford church of Christ, we have committed to making our sole focus on becoming the hands and feet of Jesus Christ. It is because of His hands and feet we are even able to have a chance at redemption and a home in heaven. After all, it was Jesus’ hands and feet that were nailed to that old rugged cross. Imagine that. The hands that healed the multitudes and the feet that brought the gospel to the world were also the very places our sins were taken away. When we become His hands and feet, that is when we will hear, “…well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.” Matthew 25:23.
-Ben Hogan, Minister of Evangelism