What are 4 ways we can be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ?
Gal.4:19 My children, I feel really like a mother who is giving birth to you again. I feel pain on your behalf until you become more completely like Christ.
The Heart of Jesus
What the world needs more than anything is love, and the love of God can be extended to others through us, and if not us, through whom? We must be the hands and feet of Jesus, but also have His heart for the lost. When Jesus was coming into Jerusalem, He wept over the thousands of lost souls. At one point He said, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing” (Matt 23:37)! The Apostle Peter writes, “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance” (2nd Pet 3:9). Peter is saying that it’s not God’s will that any should die outside of faith in Christ, and Jesus’ will is also the same. God doesn’t want anyone to die in their sins, but that they would come to Him and believe and receive eternal life. Let’s pray to have more of Jesus’ heart for the perishing. Have you ever looked at someone and thought, “I wonder if they know Christ?”
The Hands of Jesus
When Jesus laid hands on people, He was doing so out of love and compassion, and the hands of Jesus were always doing what the will of the Father was, so we too must be the hands of Jesus. What do hands do? And in particular, what do Jesus’ hands do through us? We know that the church is the Body of Christ, and so we must be His hands, feet, eyes, and voice. Right now, He is seated at the right hand of the Father, so we on earth must be busying doing the will of the Father, and obeying Jesus Who is the Head of the Church. When Christ returns, and brings our rewards with Him, He will say to those who have faithfully been His hands, “I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me” (Matt 25:35-36), but those who have been doing these things will ask, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you” (Matt 25:37-39)? They didn’t see the connection that doing for the least of these is doing it for Jesus Himself. Our Lord said, “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me” (Matt 25:40). What you do for others is actually doing for Jesus. That’ll change how you do things with your hands.
The Voice of Jesus
Jesus used some of His harshest rebukes to the self-righteous Jewish leaders, saying, “You serpents, you brood of vipers, how are you to escape being sentenced to hell” (Matt 23:33)? John the Baptist was no less harsh saying “to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come” (John 3:7)? Why did Jesus and John have to be so harsh? It was out of love. If you knew a bridge was out and the highway department hadn’t put up a sign yet, you’d do everything you could to try and stop the next car from driving over it. We’d probably be screaming at the top of our lungs to warn them, so it wouldn’t be a time to be shy or think, “Well…that’s really none of my business.” Jesus spoke the hardest words to the hardest hearts but spoke the softest words to the softest hearts. Sometimes, hard words can soften hearts and soft words can harden hearts. Of course, Jesus had to be hard because it was a matter of their pride. God resists the proud and only gives His grace to the humble (James 4:6). For most of us, we’d be better off using soft words of grace, but the gospel must include both repentance and faith, as Jesus said, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel” (Mark 1:15). Jesus didn’t say you must only believe. He said you must repent and believe. We must face the fact that the gospel will offend some, or as has been said, “It comforts the afflicted but afflicts the comfortable.”We must admit that for some, “we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing” (2nd Cor 2:15), but it’s a two-edged sword, as the Apostle Paul explains; “to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things”(2nd Cor 2:16)?
The Feet of Jesus
I believe the feet of Jesus will go where Jesus’ feet went and that was to take the gospel to the lost. We are commissioned by God to make disciples of others (Matt 28:18-20), and that takes shoe leather to do it. This is where we must walk the walk and not just talk the talk. Jesus addresses those we are to go to; the poor, naked, hungry, thirsty, sick, and the stranger (Matt 25:35-36). That takes effort and passion and a heart for the hurting. God is near the broken hearted and crushed in spirit (Psalm 34:18), so we need to be near them too. God is a defender of the poor, orphans, and widows, but He uses others as a means to do so, and that should include us.
To get a glimpse of what Jesus’ body does here on earth, please read Matthew 25:34-40. It establishes the fact that what we do for others, particularly the least, we do for Jesus Christ. On the other hand, not doing anything for Christ can hold serious consequences because it may show that they are not saved, but “Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes” (Matt 24:46), and woe to the one who has never done anything for our Lord (Matt 25:41-45).
May God help us all.