Monday, March 16, 2015

What an Open-Handed Death Taught Us About Tight-Fisted Living

Many babies are born with hands clinched tight.

Though we came out of the womb needing to receive, we came with fists clamped tightly closed.

Every one of us entered this world unwilling to open our hands wide to our Creator.

Throughout our lives, God gently pursues us and seeks to pry those hands open with two words found throughout Scripture: ”I will.”

We came out of the womb communicating these same two words.

Our newborn hands said, “I will.”

And many of us live tight-fisted to what God will do for us.

Christ hung on a cross because He opened His hands wide and received the nails that fastened Him there.

Who are we to clamp our fists closed? 

Who are we to say, “I will”? 

And refuse what God would do for us.

Our Father wants to place into our hands our daily bread, hard things to make us strong, and gifts designed for the children He knows better than we know ourselves.

He said, “I will.”

And His loving heart sent His Son who received the nails with open hands.

Do we need anything else to teach us to open our hands wide to such a giving Creator?

“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all,
how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32)

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