The Hands and Feet of Jesus

“Christ has no body on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes through which Christ’s compassion for the world is to look out; yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good; and yours are the hands with which He is to bless us now” (St. Teresa of Avila).

I think sometimes we stop at being the mouthpiece of Jesus. We speak His words (or what we want to be His words). Interestingly, many times the Jesus we espouse has the same political leanings as ours and this Jesus’ words are more or less our words spoken louder and more forcefully.

But it’s one thing to speak for Jesus and quite another to go and do the works of Jesus. I want to be clear when I say that preaching the gospel is both lived out and spoken at all times. In other words, yes, it is necessary to use words because good deeds and good behavior alone will only convey a gospel of good works and better morals.

Being the hands and feet of Jesus isn’t just a nice ideal. It’s what it means to go into all the world and make disciples of all nations. It’s not just bringing words about Jesus to people, but bringing Jesus to people by means of acts of compassion and blessing.

May it be our heart’s desire to reflect Jesus by being His hands and feet wherever we go and in whatever we do or say.

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