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by Jeff Anderson
I wonder how many Christians will be apologizing to Thomas in heaven. He inherited quite a reputation as a doubter.
(How would you like to have your life summarized by your moment of doubt?)
In my opinion, “Doubting Thomas” got a bad rap. He’s not even called by that nickname in scripture. And I don’t want to be among those who trash his name. Maybe it’s because I am a lot like Thomas.
When Thomas found out from friends that they had seen Jesus, he wasn’t so convinced. “Look, if you saw Jesus, that’s great. But I won’t believe until I see Him with my own eyes. I want to see and feel His scars.” (My paraphrase of John20:25)
If I were in Thomas’s position, being told they talked with Jesus, after I saw him crucified, I probably would have reacted the same way. Someone else’s experience is not enough for me. I want my own signature moments with God.
Sometimes our faith needs something more
The faith journey is a test of endurance. We come to a life of faith with nothing…but faith. And faith alone is enough.
But at some point, your faith needs some substance. And I’m not talking about substance from you. I’m talking about substance from God. That’s right – when our faith is tested, we need God to step up! Yikes!
What I mean is, God offers proof for those who want it. He offers further assurance for those who need a boost for their faith.
Throughout scripture, faith heroes called out to God for “more.” Gideon wanted proof that His angel encounter was for real; God gave Him the proof he wanted (multiple times actually).
Moses wanted proof that God was pleased with Him; God gave Him a special encounter on the mountain.
And Thomas wanted something more too. After all, he was a personal friend, a disciple, to Jesus. He wanted more than just a second hand account…
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