Romans 10:21 “But concerning Israel he says, ‘All day long I have held out my hands to a disobedient and obstinate people.’ “
One of the most famous lines in black cinema is when Billy Dee Williams asks Dianna Ross who plays Billie Holiday, “You just going to let my hand fall off?” The young Billie Holiday was just booed off the stage and she is dejected. The camera zooms in on a hand reaching out to her with some money. You hear the voice then the smiling face of a Billy Dee. Billie Holiday was so dejected She didn’t recognize her help. She was a lady that sang the Blues and didn’t have a clue that what she needed was right in front of her.
That’s what Jesus came to do for us. He extended his hand but because we are so caught up in our blues we fail to recognize our help.
As Christ ambassador, I sometimes feel like Billie Dee. I extend my hand to people who don’t want it. Sometimes when we extend our hand with workshops to help people get out of debt, or have town hall meetings, or have worship in places where people need them and people don’t respond it feels like my hand is going to fall off.
1. I’ve held out my hand to a disobedient people. You cannot want more for people than they want for themselves. Jesus didn’t concentrate on the disobedient but those who were willing to obey. We don’t stop extending our hand because people are disobedient. We just have to find those who are willing to obey.
2. I extended my hand to those who were obstinate. Obstinate means Stubbornly adhering to an attitude, opinion, or course. It’s hard to get people to change course. You pretty much have to reach out to people whose life has run its course before they are willing to listen.
3. Don’t stop extending a hand because they just might not see it right now. Some people are so dejected they have not noticed your presence yet. Be still and let God get their attention.
Diana Ross had a song we used to sing at the end of church, “Reach out and touch somebody’s hand and make this world a better place, if you can.” Somebody needs your hand. Don’t stop reaching.
Thank you for giving me the compassion to reach out. Please give me the perseverance to hold out when people ignore my hand. I know you told me that if they rejected you then they would reject me. It still bothers me but I will continue to reach out to those you send me too and withdraw from those who don’t reach back. Most of all thank you for reaching out to me when it seemed I was unreachable bin just glad I looked up before you walked away.
In Jesus Name,