The potential value of an object changes dramatically when placed in the hands of the right person.
A football in my hand is worth about $45. That same football in the hand of Tom Brady is worth about 72 million, according to his contract with the New England Patriots. A tennis racquet in my hand is worth about $200. A tennis racquet in the hand of Pete Sampras was worth a little over $43 million dollars (total career prize winnings).
Five loaves and two fish in our hands is enough for a couple of fish sandwiches, but in the hands of Jesus, it is a banquet for more than five thousand people.
With a few nails in my hand, I might be able to build a birdhouse. A few nails in Jesus’ hand brought about redemption and salvation for the entire world.
The potential value of things such as a football, a tennis racquet, five loaves of bread and a couple of fish, or a few nails depend upon the person who holds them in their hand.
The same is true when it comes to our lives. Jesus said each one of His sheep is securely placed in His hands, and in the hands of His Father.
“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”
John 10:27-30 (NASB)
This truth not only tells us we are safe, but also reminds us of the great potential in each one of our lives because we are in the Father’s hands. What can be accomplished through your life and mine changes dramatically when our lives are in His hands.
If you’ve watched any TV at all, you can probably finish this slogan from a well-known insurance company, “You’re in good hands with . . .” They are also known as the good hands company.
The reality is, the only hands that are truly good are God’s hands!
As followers of Christ, we are securely placed in the Father’s hands, and because we are in His hands, our lives have unlimited potential. Paul was so certain of this, he confidently declared, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13).
Are we aware of our potential and of our value by simply being in God’s hands?