A few years ago I read a book titled, The Jesus Habits: Exercising the Spiritual Disciplines of Jesus by author Jay Dennis (one of our Adult Bible Fellowships went through this book in the past). It proved to be quite insightful and very practical. In the book, Dennis relates the story about a church in Strasbourg that was destroyed as result of Allied bombing in WW 2. Afterwards, when the church members surveyed the damage, they were pleasantly surprised to find a statue of Christ still standing. The stature showed Christ with his arms outstretched in service. When the church members got closer to the statue they noted that a beam had fallen in such a way as to sever the hands from the statue. Knowing how much the statue meant to the church and the community (it had been sculptured several centuries before), a local artist offered to sculpt new hands for the statue. After considering the offer, the church members declined it. They thought the handless Christ would be a good reminder to them that God’s work of service is done though His people.
Wow! That is a striking illustration of a great truth. God is doing a work in our world today – and he wants to do that work through his Church! Whether it’s teaching little ones in our children’s ministry, volunteering to do some office work, or getting one’s hands dirty on a short term mission trip – it is a privilege to serve as Christ’s hands! People all around us have needs. It’s up to us as the body of Christ to reach out and be the hands of Jesus!