Hands and Feet…

Wednesday Wisdom 🙂


Inspiration this week comes from Paul’s Epistle to Romans 12: 4-5

“Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body and we all belong to each other.”


It’s college football season. My favorite farmer played both high school and college football, so my girls have grown up in a house that understands and celebrates the game. The other night at dinner, Karyn mentioned Army’s football uniforms. She loves the fact that instead of having the last name of the player on the back of the jersey, each team member’s jersey has “Army” printed where their name might be.

My dad was in the Army and I went on a college recruiting trip for swimming to West Point my senior year in high school. Although my heart led me somewhere else for college, I remember the feeling of “team” that permeated the campus. There wasn’t hardly an “I” to be found –  instead it was about “we” and the power of teamwork. As Karyn, Matt and I talked about Army’s philosophy, it reminded me of our call to be on Team Jesus.


The New Testament is filled with verses where Jesus asks us to do two things: Believe and Love. Intermixed with these callings is a clear message of service. I used to think of service as something that I needed to do in order to prove that I was worthy – to become eligible for God’s love and the ability to spend eternal life in heaven. During this time of my life, I did a lot of things that helped others. But, over time, my heart grew weary. I lost sight of the joy of giving as it became more like an obligation than a gift.

I’ve always viewed Jesus as my innate source of goodness, but it has taken time for me to fully understand what it means to be Jesus’ hand and feet. It’s not about an obligation to serve, rather it’s about taking His love into your heart in order to share it with others. It’s about abiding in Him. After all, you can’t be someone’s hands and feet without being a part of them. It is this intentional choice that brings us together as Christ’s body. It inspires us to belong to each other – to look outside of ourselves to share – to work toward the mission – to find the peaceful and joyous victory that our hearts seek.

We could call it by lots of fancy terms, but to me it’s walking with Jesus. He’s the coach and we’re the team. As his Holy Spirit guides us, we follow.  Together we make Holy Moments. 2Corinthians 9:7 reminds us that “God loves a cheerful giver”. Perhaps God loves a cheerful giver not just because He likes to see us smile, but because that is a sure sign that we’ve given our hearts to the One who asks us to be his hands and feet.

Last week I watched one of our Haymaker Cross Country teammates circle back during the “recovery” part of our interval workout to help someone who was struggling. This isn’t an unusual occurrence. Our athletes do a good job looking outside of themselves to be good teammates.  The concept of stronger together holds meaning for them. As I spend the fall season with the runners, I’m reminded of how simple it is to serve others with a joyful heart.

When Jesus takes up residence in our hearts, then our hands become His hands and our feet become His feet. Together we make the Holy Moments that help to keep the light burning.

 

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4 responses to “Hands and Feet…

  1. Becky

    Anne, this is the 2nd devotion I have read today with this theme. I tend to believe if I see it twice there is a message for me. I am going to use your term ‘stronger together’ in my sermon if that is ok. I believe it is a strong message for me.

    • Hi Pastor Becky,

      Somebody smart told me one time that the things that we see repeated in the Bible we should pay special attention to — Seems to me like the Holy Spirit is at work here with your devotions 🙂 . You are welcome to use anything that I share in your sermons. It’s an honor to get to be “on your team”!

      I pray for you and your family each day – be strong and keep your hope burning bright!

      Best,
      Anne

  2. Roger Hunt

    Hello Anne,
    I found it interesting that your post today dealt with the absence of names on the back jerseys of Army’s football team. Just this past weekend I commented to Marianne (after watching many college football games 🙂 ) that I had noticed that several of the more successful teams did not display the individuals names on the back of their jerseys. I looked at this as a positive sign of “team spirit” and putting team over self. Certainly a good thing.

    Since we’ve met, I have become more aware of the importance of low stress cattle handling, the value of good coaches and team sports, the role our faith plays in everything and much more. I thank you for bringing those things to my awareness through your weekly posts. I am sure other followers have benefited in similar ways. Never doubt, Anne, that you are serving God, as a member of Christ’s body in many ways!

    “Well done Anne Burkholder!!

    I also commented on being the arms and feet of Christ in my response to AG’s post a number of weeks ago.

    Anne, I wish you and your wonderful family much happiness, good health, and LOVE!

    Best
    Roger

    • Thank you so very much, Roger. Your words of love and encouragement lift me up. I am thankful that we walk this journey together — on Team Jesus 🙂

      I hope that you all are doing well. Let me know when you make plans to head back to NE! I am traveling more than usual this fall due to picking up Progressive Beef audits, but things should settle down after the first week of November.

      Best,
      Anne

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