Walking By Faith
One of the disciples, Thomas, "The Twin," was not thereat the time with the others. When they kept telling him, "We have seen the Lord," hr replied, "I won't believe it unless I see the nail wounds in his hands - and put my fingers into them - and place my hand into his side."
Eight days later the disciples were together again, and this time Thomas was with them. The doors were locked; but suddenly, as before, Jesus was standing among them and greeting them.
Then he said to Thomas,"Put your finger into my hands. Put your hand into my side. Don't be faithless any longer. Believe!"
"My Lord and my God!" Thomas said.
Then Jesus told him, "You believe because you have seen me. But blessed are those who haven't seen me and believe anyway." John 20:24-29 (TLB)
Mike C. Bertoglio is from Georgia. Their new apartment in a different part of the country abuts a small wooded ravine. One day after work, his wife asked Mike if he had heard the owl that morning.
"I don't think owls live in this area," Mike replied."Are you sure it was an owl?" Although skeptical, Mike was willing to acknowledge that maybe owls sound different here. Two weeks later, early on a Saturday morning while sitting at the breakfast table, Mike heard the familiar hoot of an owl. And then a week later his wife reported seeing an owl fly about two feet from the windshield of her car. This time Mike believed her. She had seen the owl face- to- face, and he had heard it. Mike became an owl believer!
For many years Mike was an agnostic. He wanted more proof. He wanted to hear Jesus' voice, see him face-to-face, or like Thomas, to put his hand into his side. Yet after seeing the love of others who called themselves Christians and hearing the voice of the Savior through scripture, he became a believer. In this age we walk by faith, without physical proof. Yet we do have the promise that if we will seek, we will find. (See Deut. 4:29. Matt. 7:7, Luke 11:9.) And someday - some glorious day - we will see Jesus Christ face-to-face.
"They will know we are Christians by our love." We need to remember that "actions speak louder than words" and we will draw people to Christ more by how we live than by our words.
Prayer: Dear God, help us to be lights to show others how to see and hear the truth of our Savior, in Jesus' name, amen.