Invited to Believe
Written by: Maddie Wilson
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Then Jesus told him,“You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those
who believe without seeing me."
- John 20:29
One definition of “faith” can be described as a profound belief in something based on spiritual understanding rather than tangible proof. While strong faith is an admirable virtue, I think it is safe to say that all believers struggle every now and then, especially in hard times when we desperately need to see God’s goodness.
We witness this struggle even in one of Jesus’ original disciples, Thomas, who did not believe Jesus had risen until seeing the nail wounds in His hands (John 20:24). Jesus knew this weakness in Thomas but chose to love him anyway. Instead of disapproving of Thomas’ doubt, Jesus instead invited him to see and believe.
He extends the same love to us; in our times of doubt or skepticism, Jesus does not stop loving us. Jesus continually invites us to see and believe, offering His gift of love and grace to anyone who opens her heart to Him.
Instead of criticizing skepticism, Jesus took the opportunity to make His love present so that Thomas would never again doubt. As Christians, we are called to the same. We should not shame or criticize others’ doubts but rather take every opportunity we can to be the proof of God’s love on Earth, pointing one another back to Him and His truth in love.
Just as Jesus appeared to the disciples after His resurrection, He appears to us every day on Earth in the hearts of others, in the power of His Word, and in the beauty of His creation.
1. Reflect on a time in your faith journey when you were doubtful. Could you relate to Thomas? What helped you through?
2. What are some ways that you could help others in doubt see proof of God’s love?
Lord Jesus, I praise You for being One who is loving through my weaknesses. I know that You are worthy of my praise and my faith; help me to see Your goodness in the times that I doubt. Inspire me to not criticize others who are skeptical but show them Your goodness through the power of your Spirit at work in me. I love You, Lord. Amen.
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