The human hand is a body part that is designed to touch, feel, and grasp objects within reach. There are generally two positions that a hand is capable of assuming. The first is an open hand or open palm. The second is a closed hand or closed palm.
Starting with the position of a hand that is open, it is a posture which assumes that a person is available to receive when they are in the position to reach or grab an item. Open hands concerning body language usually profess one’s interest or openness to a person or situation. As it relates to a closed hand, it symbolizes unavailability or a lack of openness. One who has their hands full would not resemble openness because their hand is preoccupied with an object. Body language concerning that a clenched fist or closed hand signifies that one is standoffish or unavailable based on their posture.
Our lives can also symbolize that of an open or a closed hand. In Luke 6:38 Jesus is teaching His Disciples, and He gives the following statement:
“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
As you think about giving, you can think of it as a two-way street. This means, that when you give, you will at some point receive. It can be summed up as the “law of reciprocity.” The Bible mentions the principle of reaping and sowing in Galatians 6:7. To reap what one sows, means to receive based on what one has already given or put forth. Starting with the element of giving, what does it mean to give?
To give, means that you are releasing what is in your possession. Going back to the example of the human hand, if a hand contains an object and the hand is opened, then it is free to release said object. In our lives, we too should release the things that we have within our possession. Whether it be spreading the joy that we have to those around us, monetary donations, or giving of our time – God desires that we give to others. Our society in today’s time has become built upon self-gratification.
Satan desires that we give unto ourselves, without employing the essence of giving to others. He knows that if life is consumed with selfishness and vanity, then at some point our self-indulgence will lead to both a physical and spiritual bankruptcy. This also includes giving to God what He is owed in praise and in worship with our very lives. We as Christians are to have an open hand policy which means, that our lives are open to giving for the sake of Christ. Giving of yourself is to provide nourishment to others, rather than hoarding what you have for yourself.
Proverbs 11: 24-25 says,
“There is one who scatters, and yet increases all the more, and there is one who withholds what is justly due, and yet it results only in want. The generous man will be prosperous, and he who waters will himself be watered.”
When you give, the Bible says in this scripture that you will increase or gain more. However, if you choose not to give, you will only find yourself wanting more. This scripture says that the generous man will be prosperous, which means that abundance will be the result of giving freely. The difference between those who are in Christ who give, and those who are not in Christ who withhold, is that those in Christ find themselves with more. Those who live according to the flesh and their selfish desires, only live lives that are seeking more which leads to a barren existence. So, you and I must give of what we have freely to God, and to those around us.
In addition to giving, we must remember that an open hand policy means that we can and will receive. According to the scriptures given, giving will usually result in receiving. Whenever you give of what you have, you can expect to receive at some point. Think of it as planting a seed in the ground. If you plant a seed in profitable soil, at some point you will experience a harvest or growth of the seed that you planted. This is a result of giving or planting the seed in the soil.
As Jesus said in Luke 6:38, “Give and it will be given unto you”. It is important that we have open hands to give, but also to receive. Sometimes, it may be difficult to receive from others because of pride. It takes humility to accept assistance from those who are willing to offer it to you. However, the key to also remember is that there are rewards that come with giving. According to Proverbs 22:9 it says, “He who is generous will be blessed, for he gives some of his food to the poor.” This scripture is using the concept of giving to those who do not have. The key word in that scripture is “blessed”.
The point about receiving is, that there is a blessing that comes when you give. To receive is a blessing that you and I must be open to. A hand that is open to giving but closed when it comes to receiving does not invoke prosperity or blessing. Rather, a person who constantly gives but does not receive cannot be the beneficiary of the law of reciprocity or “reaping what you sow”.
God desires that all of us experience both sides of giving and receiving. We live in a world that caters towards what one can receive, without truly giving to someone else. As Christians, God expects us to abide by His standards which involves releasing what we have for the benefit of others. He also desires that we be open to receive His blessings which are apart of the process of giving. Walking in selfishness and hoarding what you have, only leads to a life of emptiness.
However, abundance comes when we utilize the principle of giving that God has instituted from the very beginning. God gave Jesus Christ his only son, as a sacrifice for the world’s sins. If you don’t know God, you can through Jesus Christ. It was God’s love for you that gave you an escape from destruction. Release your sins before Jesus Christ, and accept His offering of salvation. Then and only then will you understand the process of having open hands for giving and receiving.