We just finished observing “God’s work. Our hands” Sunday. It was wonderful to hear the “buzz” in the Fellowship Hall and see people of all ages excited about serving in Jesus’ name.
God’s work. Our hands. provides an opportunity to gain new insights, to be renewed in faith and to gain fresh strength for serving in all our daily callings. Loving, liberated service to others is more than a one-time or even ongoing activity. Being baptized into Christ’s life creates a whole new world of relationships — with God, with others and even with ourselves — that is characterized by loving,liberated service.
So, take a moment to reflect on your time of service that day...or another time or way in which you volunteer to help others. Remember God’s promise to Abraham is also a baptismal promise to you in Christ. “I will bless you...so that you will be a blessing” (Genesis 12:2)
• Quickly identify some of the people who benefit from the service you did. Did you know them already, did you meet them for the first time, or did you not meet them at all? Is there something you learned or received from them? Offer a brief prayer of thanks and care for the people connected to you in this day of service.
• Quickly name three to five parts of your body you used in service. What are some physical abilities in which you have some degree of skill or expertise? Where else can you use these abilities? Offer a brief prayer of thanks for the blessing and joy of a body you could use in service.
Martin Luther once wrote that “We receive our blessings not from other human creatures, but from God, through them. Creatures are only the hands, channels, and means through which God bestows all blessings.” (Large Catechism, First Commandment)
In Jesus Christ, all of life – every act of service, in every daily calling, in every corner of life – flows freely from a living, daring confidence in God’s grace.