As I have been reading through the Gospels I have been struck with how many times Jesus reaches out and touches people. Just yesterday I read in Luke 13:11-13 And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself. And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity. And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.
Jesus’ ministry was about touching people’s lives, and many times He did that by touching them with His hands. He was so personal, compassionate and close. Is He different today? Now that He is in heaven, does He no longer touch us? Well, of course, He doesn’t literally put His hands on us, but He uses other means to touch us. Consider:
Sometimes He uses a compassionate person to be His hands. They lay a hand on our shoulder when we’re burdened. They lay their hand over our hand as they pray for us.
Another “touch” from the Lord would be a verse that “jumps off the Bible’s page” when we’re reading. It ministers to our heart’s need at that moment. It calms us, gives peace or understanding for what lies ahead. That verse didn’t “just happen” to be in our Bible reading schedule – it was planned by a compassionate Savior!
David played music for King Saul and it ministered to his heart. Music is a sweet tool of God’s touch. The right kind of music can remind us of the God’s promises in God’s Word, or soften our heart towards worship when we’d normally lean towards worry.
Answered prayer is a reminder that God is not only hearing us when we pray, but that he loves us, as our Heavenly Father.
The Lord’s work in our lives is real indeed; we just need to be looking for it, and recognize that it’s not coincidence, but a touch of love from our Father.
Who needs your compassion today? There is probably at least one person whom you will meet today that needs to be reminded of Christ’s love, and He could use your hands to reveal that to them.
Have you been the recipient of Christ’s touch recently? How was it demonstrated to you?