We are God's Hands & Feet in this World
The rain is pouring down, the thunder is booming, and lightning is flashing. Little Johnnie’s voice is trembling as he calls out from his bed, “Mommy, I’m scared.” The mother goes to his bedside and prays for comfort and peace. She kisses his forehead and goes back to her bed. In only moments, Johnnie calls out, “Mommy, (pause), I’m still scared.” She gently calls back, “Johnnie, Jesus is with you. You don’t have to be afraid.” A moment passes, and Johnnie says, “Mommy, I need someone with me who has skin on him.” Yes, we have the wonderful promise from our Lord, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Heb. 13:5). We have the Holy Spirit, Who is our Comforter (Jn. 14:16, 26). …But, have you ever needed someone with skin on them? Jesus was in the beginning with God. He was the Word and was God. Jesus (The Word) was made flesh and dwelt among man (Jn. 1:1, 14). In other words, God had skin on Him. He touched people; He spoke to people; He walked; and He loved and ministered healing, peace, joy, salvation, and deliverance to all who would believe upon Him. Jesus said, “…I go unto my Father…And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever" (Jn. 14:12, 16). “Another Comforter” is the Word “Allos,” which means the same in a different form. The believer has Jesus within him by the Holy Spirit (v.17). Not only does He comfort us, but He reveals the Father and the Son; teaches us; brings all things to our remembrance (v.26); guides us into all truth, shows us things to come (16:13); ministers the gifts (1 Cor. 12); ministers the new birth (Jn.3:6); etc. You and I have God living on the inside of us. Praise the Lord! Is this great privilege just for us to enjoy? We read in Ephesians 4:15, “…Enfolded in love, let us grow up in every way and in all things into Him Who is the Head, [even} Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).” Those who have believed upon Jesus as Lord are members of the Body of Christ and “grow to full maturity, building itself up in love” (v.16). Love, Who is God, compels us to allow the Holy Spirit to build others up by allowing Him to love through us, not only in Word but in action. Have you ever thought about Jesus seeing a hungry, little girl standing on the street corner begging for food? He is the Head, but the responsibility to feed others falls upon the hands and feet of His Body, the Church. Jesus’ hands are tied unless one of His children reach out to the hungry, the sick, the broken, the lost, etc. How His heart must grieve when we are not obedient to His leading. Oh, people of God, we have the privilege of being channels of God’s power, anointing, and provision. We have the privilege of granting even many of God’s desires to the people in this world.
Is someone near you hurting? You house The Comforter. Let Him minister through you. Second Corinthians 1:3 says, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God…” If you are waiting until you feel ready to go and minister to the hurting, you never will. You simply must obey God’s leading, His Word (Mk. 16:15), by allowing Him to love and comfort others through you.