Monday Morning Motivator – No Sitting On Your Hands

We have some pretty strange expressions we use when we speak sometimes, but I was really struck by a phrase I read over the weekend while reading Ephesians 4 in The Message.

In light of all this, here’s what I want you to do. While I’m locked up here, a prisoner for the Master, I want you to get out there and walk—better yet, run!—on the road God called you to travel. I don’t want any of you sitting around on your hands. I don’t want anyone strolling off, down some path that goes nowhere. And mark that you do this with humility and discipline—not in fits and starts, but steadily, pouring yourselves out for each other in acts of love, alert at noticing differences and quick at mending fences. Ephesians 4:1-3

Paul was pleading with the believers in Ephesus to not get complacent, just because he was locked away in a cell and he wasn’t there to keep them focused and motivated they were not to slow down their efforts, or even worse yet, “sit around on their hands“, doing nothing. It got me thinking, where did that phrase come from and what significance does this phrase have to us today as we live out God’s command to tell the world about Him?

We all know that the expression ‘to sit on one’s hands’ means ‘to do nothing’. Instead of extending your hand to help others or yourself, you merely sit on them — you choose to take no action, but the interesting thing is that the phrase supposedly comes from the world of theater. The people sitting on their hands in this case are the members of the audience. If the people in the audience choose to keep their hands warm by sitting on them, what would be the result? The poor performers would get no applause! The original meaning of the phrase was ‘to fail to applaud’. Source

I would even go one step further and suggest that when we fail to rightfully recognize the people around us, we stop making an impact. When we stop making an impact, we forget about the great commission we have been called to live. Paul put it best when he said, “I don’t want you strolling off, down some path that goes nowhere”.

We can so easily be distracted that the urgency of impacting our world for God is not that high, Satan would love for us to arrive at that conclusion, but Paul calls us (and he did the Ephesians) to not get complacent, but to steadily, every day, look for ways to impact the lives you come in contact with. Who knows, that contact may be the very catalyst that moves someone from where they are today to an eternal relationship with their Savior – Jesus Christ. Let’s not sit on our hands anymore, let’s get out there, and make a difference today!

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