DO ALL IN THE NAME OF JESUS


“AND WHAT EVER YOU DO IN WORD OR DEED, DO ALL IN

THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS.” Col. 3:17 (NKJV)



PRAYING HANDS

      How often have you heard the above scripture quoted in a sermon or Bible Study? How often do any of us think about that which we are doing or saying being “done in the name of Jesus”? I think if we did there would be fewer filthy jokes told and/or laughed at. There would be less smoking and less alcohol drank, or any of the sins enumerated by the Apostle Paul in I Corinthians 6:6-11 We would all be more careful of how we dressed, where we go, what we do, etc. Remember the verse we used to sing in Vacation Bible School when we were younger, “Be careful little feet where you go; be careful little mouth what you say; be careful little hands what you do . . .”?

      That which we do in this life will follow us into eternity, even that which seems insignificant. The picture above of the Praying Hands, brings to mind of such a thing following us. To my knowledge, the first Praying Hands was created by Albrecht Durer, the son of a Hungarian goldsmith. He was short lived, being born in 1471 and died in 1528. Being known as Albert, he studied and roomed with a friend. Because he was of meager means, Albert worked "on the side" to pay his way. One of the items he created was the Praying Hands. One day as Albert returned to his room he heard his friend praying and saw his hands held in a reverent attitude of prayer. This inspired Albert to create a beautiful rendition of "PRAYING HANDS".

      The story is now legend and cannot be totally verified as all factual, but the story conveys the above scripture wonderfully. Self-sacrificing is a brand of love that is not too often seen in our much too busy work-a-day-world. Today Praying Hands as a tie-tack or bola-tie or pen and other items of Christian jewelry is popular. 

      Erma Bombeck said it well: "When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and I could say, 'I used everything You gave me.'" Also, Helen Keller said, "I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty and joy to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble . . . for the world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of tiny pushes of each honest worker!"

      As with Albrecht Durer, humble giving and prayer are keys to open Heaven's door. Remember the widow who gave all she had: Mark 12:42-44                


Just a Thought Across The Garden Gate by Parson Don. 


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