There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land. (Deuteronomy 15:11)
A closed-handed Christian is an oxymoron—a contradiction of terms. Think about this for a moment: what does a closed hand represent? It is either a fist or a grasping hand. Either way, white knuckles are not a picture of the hands of those whose hope is in Christ.
An open hand is a hand that welcomes others. It invites them into our presence and meets them in their place of need. An open hand lets go of things rather than holding on for dear life. Picturing the open hands of our Lord nailed to that cruel cross opens our hearts. . . which in turn opens our hands.
The presence of poverty must propel us to open our hands and let the many blessings God has bestowed flow through us the. We ourselves cannot receive anything with closed hands; we must open our hands to receive. And so we open our hands to others and let flow through us that which has flowed to us!
Simply stated, opportunities to give are opportunities to grow. And it is God’s will for the Christian to continue to grow up into Christ and put the Gospel on display for all the world to see.
So . . . do your hands reflect an open heart by generously, joyfully giving to those in need? Or is there something you are holding on to so tightly that it is stunting your growth and keeping you from being all that God is calling you to be?
Remember, all that you have first passed through nail-scarred hands to come to you. That truth alone should open our hearts and compel us to cheerfully give to others what God has so graciously given to us. The presence of the poor is a picture of what we all are in the sight of God. We are poor, blind, naked paupers . . . until Jesus shows up. May the confession of our lives be one of open hearts that open hands that point to our Prince!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!