Jesus told the crippled man to “stretch out your hand” and when he did, he was healed and restored.
Since then, millions more have expressed their need to Jesus through outstretch hands, and they too have been healed and restored.
Whether in worship during church, sitting at our desk or kneeling beside our bed, the stretching out of our hands to Jesus is so powerful because of what that simple act says to our heavenly Father.
- Faith – Our outstretched hand is a sign of faith. It says “I believe in you.”
- Surrender – Our outstretched hand reveals our humility and willingness to give up control of our lives. It say’s “I surrender”, “I am fully yours.”
- Change – Our outstretched hand shows that we are open and ready for change. Ready to give up our willful sin. Ready to accept a new assignment. Ready to forgive. It says “I want to follow you, I want to do it your way, no matter what.”
The most powerful moments in our walk with Christ are the times when we surrender control of our lives and stretch out our hands to him.
Matthew 12:13 – “Then Jesus said to the man with the crippled hand, ‘Hold out your hand.’ The man held out his hand, and it became well again.”