Summary: As believers we are expected and empowered to make this world better.
During Word War I the city of Strasbourg (a city in France on the German borders) was bombed; it destroyed that old city and one of the great Cathedrals of that city. Very little remained and the people gathered to save and salvage what they could. As the people began to retrieve what was usable and what would become a part of their keepsakes as memories of the old worship house, they noticed that the old statue that was in front of the church was down, but in many ways still in tack. A group of men found a way to raise that granite stone sculpture of Christ, and they noticed that the hands and the feet were destroyed in the blast. They resolved to rebuild that wonderful old house of faith and their city as well. A well known sculptor heard that the famous statue was damaged and heard that it had been raised, so he came to see if he might be able to restore it. Upon investigation, he said to the church that the statue could be restored quite easily, since the only thing gone were the hands and feet of Christ. He even volunteered to do that work at his own cost as a donation and a lover of the grand old house that had stood as a place of faith and hope to the people. He had them to load it up and carry to his warehouse where he worked, and said when the church was rebuilt he would have that statue ready to be replaced in the front. As the church began to rebuild, someone had an idea that became a great testimony of faith and a global message to all people of faith. Someone said, “Lets not have the statue restored”, let’s have the statue cleaned up, polished up, and the nicks and scratches refinished, but lets leave the hands of Christ off and the statue mounted with the feet of Christ not there. And as a reminder to us and all others who will ever see or hear of this story, let’s engrave on the base: “Christ has no hands but ours, and Christ has no feet but ours”. May this monument be an encourages usto be authentic in our evangelism and cognizant of our role and responsibility as people of faith.
The Hymnist/Poet picks that theme up and wrote: Christ has no hands but our hands to do His work today. He has no feet but our feet to lead men in the way. He has no tongue but our tongue to tell men how he died. He has no help but our help to bring them to his side.
This seems to be the theological thread that weaves its way through the writings of Jeremiah and Matthew in the texts today. Jeremiah’s word is a word that is spoken to the people as a promise that God has a plan and a purpose for them. It’s a plan and a purpose that His promises will ultimately be realized by them, but they had a part in those promises. These promises were not spiritual panaceas, in other words, God was not going to do everything for Israel. Dr. King reminded us of that, he said, “Faith in God does not mean that God will do everything for man, that is not faith, that is superstition”. Faith in God trusts the promises and provision of the divine, but faith in God needs to be harnessed with the hands and feet of humans engaged in being and doing their part to walk in the promises. A faith that puts all the effort and energy upon God does the faithful little good in spiritual development and personal responsibility.