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How beautiful are the feet…

Last week, we asked…What would it look like to love God with one of the most precious gifts God has given – our body.   Is this one way to embody Jesus’ command to love God with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind?  A few days ago we said something about our eyes; then our ears, and now our hands and feet…

Those who have hands and feet let them serve

When Jesus ascended to heaven at the beginning of the book of Acts the apostles were astounded.  The man they followed for three years was gone.  He was raised from the grave, but then was lifted away from earth in a cloud.  After Jesus was gone the disciples remained standing, looking upward, until two men (angels, maybe) appeared asking, “Why do you stand looking into heaven?”  The disciples were dazed, unsure of what to do now that their leader was gone.

Perhaps Jesus’ parting words are instructive.  Moments before ascending to heaven Jesus blessed the disciples saying, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (1:8).  We may interpret Luke’s words for our own time, “We are witnesses in Louisville, Kentucky, North America, and to the ends of the earth.”

Christ’s physical body is no longer here.  But you and I, along with all Christians around the world, remain here.  The disciples, you, and I are witnesses to the power and grace of God.  Though we’re not here to remain gazing upward.  We live as the Church, Christ’s Body on this earth, in order that Christ may be known in this time and place.  We are, in fact, the continuing presence of Christ in our world and community.  We are the hands and feet of Christ.  Empowered by the Spirit of God, we continue the ministry Christ began long ago.  We are Christ’s hands today, feeding and clothing the hungry and naked.  We are Christ’s hands reaching out to touch and embrace the untouchable in our world.  We are Christ’s feet taking the message of the promise of God’s coming kingdom to all.

We, the Church, are the Body of Christ sent into the world.  What a privilege to participate in the coming of God’s kingdom, a kingdom that was inaugurated in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.  How thankful we are that Christ, the light of the world, has lighted the path.  As the Psalmist praises, the Lord has drawn us up from a desolate pit, and put our feet upon a rock” (Ps. 40:2).  The light of Christ has become for us a lamp unto our feet, and a light unto our path.

So, we clap our hands in praise of God on Sunday, and get our hands dirty with kingdom-building work during the week.  With our feet we run the good race Paul so often writes about, taking the good news into the world.  The prophet Isaiah reminds us, “How beautiful upon the mountain are the feet of the messenger who announces peace and brings good news” (Isa. 52:7).

Teresa of Avila, a beautifully devoted follower of Jesus in sixteenth century Spain put it appropriately: “Christ has no body now on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours.  Yours are the feet with which he is to go about doing good.  Yours are the hands with which he is to bless now.”

Those who have hands and feet let them serve.

Hands, SandOh no, You never let go
Through the calm and through the storm
Oh no, You never let go
In every high and every low
Oh no, You never let go
Lord, You never let go of me*

In our busy –and at times overwhelming—lives, so many things grab for our attention, time, and energy.  For some, schoolwork seems never ending.  For others, work always consumes our best efforts.  Likewise, family and friends beg for our attention.  Financial situations, health concerns, and strenuous relationships all weigh down our hearts and minds.

In response, many of us try to “manage” all of these things.  We try to hold on to these aspects of our lives, hoping that maybe we can make, shape, and mold them to out liking.  We want so badly to be in control of everything.  We cling to different parts of our lives, trying to hold it all together.

Ultimately, however, what happens when we grip and hold things too tightly?  Eventually we crush them.  We squeeze the life out of our livelihood.

Over the next 40 days, let us make Lent a season for letting go of those things.  Let us take the time to loosen our grip on those things that burden our hearts.  Let us “let go” of feeling as if everything depends on us.  Let us “let go” of our un-Christ-like emotions.  Let us “let go” of our worries that hinder our relationship with Christ and others.

During Lent – Let go…and let God.

This Lenten season, let God claim our fears.  Let God have our worries and heartaches.  Let God be in control of our lives.  Let God, and the forgiveness He offers on the cross, be the hope we cling to.

My friends, “letting go” and “letting God” is possible because we know that God never lets go of us.

* Lyrics from “You Never Let Go” by Matt Redman

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