Blessed are all who fear the LORD, who walk in his ways. You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours. (Psalm 128:1-2 NIV)
When we dedicate our lives to God's service and act upon that dedication by striving to live holy lives we make ourselves available for God to use us. But how do we know what to do? What exactly are we to do with our hands once they are fit for the Master's use? This is the dilemma isn't it? Unless our efforts are God-directed, the fruit of our labor will be minimal. However, if God is directing the work of our hands ... well, that's another story:
I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that men will revere him. (Ecc 3:14 NIV)
From the hymn "Take My Life and Let it Be", we can look to the first verse again for a good prayer to aid us in our quest to please God. Take a look:
Take my hands and let them move at the impulse of thy love.
What exactly does it mean to move at the impulse of God's love? How can we know what God's impulses are? I don't believe that we can mechanically calculate our actions so that they coincide with God's impulses of love. After all, an impulse is an impulse. However, I do believe that as God conforms us to His image through a daily walk with Him in His Word and in prayer, He will make us aware of what we can do for Him, whether it be within a ministry or in something as simple as an act of kindness to someone in need. As we pray for opportunities to show God's love to others, He will give us an awareness of His will. He will show us what to do with our hands. He will bless us as we bless others...as we follow after love.
Dear Heavenly Father, I know that You are indeed love defined. Knowing this, I know that your impulses could be nothing less themselves. Move me in the direction you would have me to go. Guide my hands to do the work you would have me to do. If my plans aren't a part of your Plan, then redirect my thoughts and actions so that they align with your will and so that you can receive the glory and not me. Thank you for your love. Thank you for being love. Thank you for wanting to use someone like me. Amen.