Hands and Feet of Jesus
We live in a broken world that is messy, complex, and complicated. So I’m thankful when the Bible gives me some clarity. 2 Timothy reads, “No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer.” (2 Timothy 2:4)
In the midst of our own “civilian affairs” what has our own commanding officer asked of us? Simply put, we are to be Jesus’ hands and feet in a broken world. This world is full of people who desperately need the Gospel, and we, as Christ’s followers, are responsible for sharing it with them—in words and deeds.
Our job is not merely to believe the right things or to say the right things but also to do the right things as well. We are reporting to a high King, and our ways should reflect his ways.
During Jesus’ ministry, what did he do? He cared for the widow, the orphan, the alien and the stranger. He healed the sick and sought out the outcast. He called out for justice and spoke up for the voiceless. This is the most powerful kind of evangelism. It involves not just speaking the good news but being the good news.
Jesus’ plan was that his church would continue this work that he had started on Earth—a spiritual revolution that would not only change hearts but would also change the world.
Nothing in the Gospel is more powerful than Jesus’ unconditional love for his suffering people. That’s what attracted so many followers to Jesus. Imagine how the world would see Christians today if we didn’t just speak about loving our neighbors, but actually demonstrated this love in tangible acts of compassion. Jesus’ selfless care would bless this broken world.
Jesus intended his transformative Gospel of love, word, and deed to launch a spiritual revolution—one that had the power to change the world. And we, his church, are to be his revolutionaries, serving as Jesus’ hands and feet in a needing world.
- 2 Timothy 2:4 states that no serving soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but works to please his commanding officer. What are some “civilian affairs” or distractions in your life that can dissuade you from obeying God’s commands?
- Reflect on what it means that we are the hands and feet of Jesus. Another way to think of it is we are the vehicles driven by his Holy Spirit to bless others in our paths. That is an incredible revelation!
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