Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” [John 20:27-29 -]
A fascinating passage itself because the disciple who was doubting soon calls Jesus, “My God”
Thomas wanted proof. Yet Jesus had shown many things to His disciples throughout his time with them that should have enabled them to believe. Yet this is so like us if we truly humble ourselves and acknowlege we can be just as much of doubters on somethings pertaining to what we hear from the Lord also. Often what we do not need is more signs or evidence, but to trust what He has already revealed. We can be weak though so often the Lord gives us confirmation and assurance. As Christians we do not really doubt God’s existence but we can often doubt how he sees us, if he loves us as much as the Word says, for the long haul of my Christian walk I doubted terribly if I had truly been saved in moments I had failed to live up to what the Bible called. In hindsight, I see how though God was holding me up and not letting go when I did not realize. And as a Christisn over these past 9 years let me say it has not been one smooth, mess free journey but have had my moments of failure, sin, shortcomings and plenty of moments where I did not play the part as well as I should have. However, over these messy 9 years I have seen God doing the amazing shaping and I am a work in progress but have indeed because of him progressed.
I wanted to share this because many younger Christians do struggle and often have doubts about themselves being God’s saved works of art! Yet as messy as we all can be, God is sculpting us. I’m sure you could ask many people who knew me years ans years if they have seen positive growth- and many might say “Oh if you knew him early on he was kind of a mess” but praise the Lord that He finishes what he begins and nothing about us has the power to excell forward but if we by His Spirit moving in us let Him work his will, then we can go to greater heights then we ever dreamed of! The key is “Yielding” not our personal “Elbow grease” because often our “Trying” stifles God’s working- the key to victory and growth is “Surrender”
Like a man who takes a car to a mechanic, “Hey car man, here let me help you with that” but mechanic says’ “Just give me the keys and stay back while I do the repairs”
Sure we have a part to play and this is “Trust and obey” but we must surrender to His power and presence and let Him do the heavy lifting! Thats the key!