I have handles everywhere in my home to lessen the possibility of falling. Gradually, I have found it harder to get out of the bathtub, my car, and especially off the floor. My lower back has been a problem for the past forty years, and I find it is more important each year to make life easier for myself—like with climbing into my new Kia Soul, which sits higher than my old sedan. I no longer need to grab the handle and pull myself up.
The type of handle written in Hebrews refers to having a grasp on what is invisible to us. We have other types of handles in our lives. When a trucker has a CB radio (Citizen’s band) for communications between other truckers, they often assign themselves a “handle”—a nickname for identity.
What would Jesus’ “handle” be? Peacemaker? Shepherd? Savior? Teacher? Son of God? Without modern communication tools, Jesus communicated by showing love to strangers, telling stories of hope, and healing those afflicted with illnesses of all kinds. He prepared his disciples to carry on his Earthly ministry without him. Peter’s handle might have been “Rocky” and John, “Beloved.”
What handle might I give myself for my ministry? Author?
Lord, help us to use “handles” to be more like Jesus. Amen.