How do you submit your life to God in a ‘hands on’ way? Do you see your work and physical effort as a love response to God’s goodness?

Our hands can perform extremely gentle and precise actions such as writing a letter, painting a picture, threading a needle or playing a violin. Our hands also enable us to perform heavy labour, such as digging with a shovel, swinging an axe, using a jackhammer to drill through concrete, or pounding a railroad spike with a sledgehammer. We use our hands to feel whether something is rough or smooth, hot or cold, sharp or dull. We hold a child's hand as we cross the street. We caress the hair of a loved one.[1]

Ecclesiastes 9:
10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.

For a limited time, we are given these mortal bodies. We are created to work at something wholeheartedly. You can work away with a resentful attitude begrudging your masters or you can choose to use your hands to accomplish something for others. Creative hands are submitting to the creative impulse placed in the person by the Creator.

There is even a transformative role that work plays in your spiritual life. Paul spoke to the thieves in the church about a shift in their focus.

Ephesians 4:
28 Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands that they may have something to share with those in need.

The thief may have stole because he was poor or from greed. In response to God’s love there is encouragement to be a giver rather than a taker. There is something worthwhile for everyone to do with their hands, and our profit is to be shared with others.

Have you become a ‘hands on’ person submitting your efforts to the glory of God?

These hands of ours can rise to God and extend to others. These hands can be put on efforts that glorify God.

Hands up… hands out… hands on…