Each Wednesday I go on a walk, and I always make it a point to stop by a certain spot to pray and breathe. So today I decided to listen to one of my favorite “quiet time” songs “What a Friend” by Kathryn Scott before praying. As I listened with my head bowed and my eyes closed God reminded me of part of the lesson I taught to the kids on Sunday. The last thing that was mentioned in their lesson booklet was that Jesus allowed Thomas to put his hand in his side.
As I reflected on this part of the lesson it was clear to me. God was telling me that when Christians don’t share their wounds, their scars, those places where God has worked in their lives, sometimes horrible and embarrassing secrets, they are denying the seekers the proof of God’s existence. Think about the humility and vulnerability it took for Jesus to give Thomas permission to put his hand in his side, to see that he, in fact, was the resurrect Messiah. If Jesus asks us to be his ambassadors, to yearn to be a reflection of him, then why should we shy away from giving our testimony in a vulnerable and personal way?
When Jesus told Thomas to put his hand in his side, even knowing his doubt, and that had to be a big, stubborn doubt to have walked with Jesus and still not believed, perhaps he was speaking to all of us to let those seekers, even those most doubtful, inside. When we reveal that we have had struggles, we have been broken, but now we are made whole by Jesus, we are giving the best proof of Jesus’ existence, not as a prophet and healer, but as the life-changing Messiah. So feel free to share, be vulnerable, be open, God will honor that and use it in some way. If not for the person with whom you are sharing, He will use it to work in you because as you share you will come to love the Thomases of this world despite their doubts.
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