HANDS OUT

A 'hand out' is defined as 'a gift, as of food, clothing, or money, given to the needy.' An unflattering expression for giving away your used items is ‘hand me down’.

There’s a beautiful picture in Scripture of a woman who has many virtues. The godly woman’s hands are described in this way.


Proverbs 31:
20 She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.


The person of virtue is not simply doing charity. We see the Proverbs 31 woman extending ‘her hands’. She is personally involved in giving to others. She is not just giving things, but is present in the lives of the poor. There is an attitude of being open-handed rather than tight-fisted.


Deuteronomy 15:7-8
7 If there is a poor man among your brothers in any of the towns of the land that the LORD your God is giving you, do not be hardhearted or tight-fisted toward your poor brother.
8 Rather be open-handed and freely lend him whatever he needs.


When you put your hands out to another in giving, you are also receiving them. Sometimes your reception of the person opens the door for you to give to them in some way. Jesus modelled the submissive act of giving and receiving many times.


Mark 10:
16 And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.


The human touch can transfer blessing, acceptance and approval. There is a physical need that we respond to by being open-handed and there is a spiritual need that can be addressed with appropriate touch and the laying on of hands.

Our submission to God is demonstrated through the way our hands respond to the needs of others. Are you open-handed and generous?



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