July 17

“What are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?”  Psalm 8:4

“We are what God has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.”  Ephesians 2:10

I am not a high jumper or a pole vaulter but I often say:  “Set a low bar and you won’t be disappointed.”  Said in jest of course, underachieving is not very satisfying.  My recall of Psalm 8 credits human beings as “a little lower than the angels” but the NRSV describes us as “a little lower than God!”  God has set a high bar for us.  We have dominion over God’s works … the air and sea.  We are appointed to take care of all God has made.  And God “saw that it was very good!”

Some years ago I was a Confirmation mentor.  I recall … along with “other young people” … painting on the walls of Christ the King:  “We are the hands and feet of God”, created in Christ Jesus for good works, to continue and live out God’s intentions.  I’m small, weak, afraid … I can’t jump!  These are poor excuses for apathy and inaction.  God does not leave us on our own but provides strength and courage, a support group of encouraging friends, to live out the plan of stewardship, compassion and peaceful coexistence.

We are God’s hired hands and we come with a steep price.  Not for reward of wealth and possessions though we have plenty of those, but redemption through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.  God is very mindful of us indeed. 

“I praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.  Wonderful are your works; that I know very well.”  (Psalm 139:14)

“Take my hands and let them move at the impulse of Thy love. 

Take my feet and let them be swift and beautiful for Thee.”   (Frances R. Havergal)  Amen

Verla Olson