“For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones.” (Ephesians 5:28-29)
A few years ago my sister-in-law and I put on a skit at a ladies retreat. I was the “face” and she was my arms. She was hidden under a sheet and could only feel her way around the table. I could see everything that was going on, but the only control I had was to use my voice to “steer” her in the right direction. We had a “spa day” which included a coffee mask, some exfoliation and lots of laughs. I ended up eating a lot of my mask due to the difficulty of using arms without being able to actually see what they are doing. It made for a very entertaining evening.
As I read this scripture, I was reminded of this skit. The verse refers to marriage, but also mentions that we are His body. We (the church) are His hands and feet. It often strikes me as so crazy that the God who created the universe chose to use us. He uses me as His hands and feet. But, oh, how often I feel like the hands in that skit! Fumbling around and trying to make something work without being able to see the whole picture. I am reminded that although He does use me, so much more importantly I NEED HIM. If I am without His direction and guidance I end up “eating my mask.”
My relationship with Jesus is just like the marriage it was being compared to. We must walk together, beautifully in sync. I must follow His leading. I need to be listening for even a whisper. If I truly want to impact my world, I need to be hands that are effective, which is only done when I am in perfect sync with Him.
Prayer: Lord, I desire to be used by you! Guide me into your perfect will. Lead me so that I can be effective hands in this world that so desperately needs your touch. Amen.