What are you carrying around on any given day? I am not so much talking about coffee cups or I phones or books or hands of little ones. I am talking burdens that lay heavy on your heart; emotional, personal, spiritual, physical BAGGAGE. The kind of stuff that we were never intended to carry around with us. How about the scars of past experiences? Maybe it is the fear of the unknowns that you grip tightly each morning. Perhaps the worst for you is the torture of waiting for God to show up in your life. For me it is the doubt that I am really new in Christ that I am really His and He is really mine.
Why do we walk around with our hands full? Why do we deal with the pain, shame, depression, anxiety, fear, doubt, and hurt that all of these things tend to leave our hearts feeling? Why do we so easily forget about what Jesus’ hands did for us on that brutal cross, that dreary day? Our mighty God in Heaven sent his perfect Son, Jesus to die on a cross, not for anything that he ever did or could ever do, but for all of the things that we do every day. When Jesus sacrificed His life for ours, so that we may spend eternity in Heaven with our Savior and Lover of our souls; He took all of the burdens that weigh so heavy in our hearts and hands with Him on the cross. Our troubles and sins fit perfectly into His wounded hands. What are our hands that we think we can take upon our own struggles and still live out the life God has for us? We did nothing. Jesus did it all. His hands have the scars to prove it.
John 10:10 says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly”. The thief is Satan. He tries to rid us of our life with Christ. He tries every day to fill our hands with the filth this world has truly become. Jesus has come into this world and into our hearts so that we may live out the life we are intended to live. Not just any life, but abundant life! Nowhere in this abundant life will you find full hands. When you are living out the abundant life that God has planned perfectly just for you, there will be nothing left in your hands, except for the healing hand of Jesus. We see this is Psalm 73:23 “Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand”.
The next time you notice your hands filled up with the things of Satan, remember who is truly holing your hand. Empty your hands in his. Let his hand fill you with the joy, peace, love, grace, and mercy that His abundant life is overflowing with!