"Stop doubting and believe" are the words Jesus spoke to Thomas after appearing to him as the risen Savior. Thomas had previously said that unless he saw Jesus in person and was able to put his finger in the hole in his hand he would not believe that Jesus had risen. Jesus appeared to him a week later and gave him the chance to do just that and then he said to him, "stop doubting and believe." Thomas responded with, "My Lord and my God." Since that time we have been quick to label Thomas as Doubting Thomas, as if we would be any different. How many of us have been slow to believe until we have the evidence before our eyes and then, face to face with the truth we reluctantly give in and say, "well, maybe it's true." We live in a society that is all about seeing the evidence before we know something is true. Jesus doesn't say that Thomas is no longer a disciple or that he is not in the Kingdom any longer. No, Jesus was talking about his belief about the power of God to work the miracles the other disciples had told him about concerning Jesus appearing to them. Jesus wasn't talking with a lost sinner he was talking with one of his disciples—one of his chosen ones to spread his gospel throughout the world.
Just because we believe for salvation doesn't mean we believe in all that God wants us to believe in. Do you believe in the vision God has shown you? Do you believe enough to follow through on the ministry opportunities God gives you daily? Do you believe enough to step out in faith to accomplish the thing God wants in your life that seems impossible?
Jesus calls us to a higher level of believing. After this encounter with Thomas, Jesus says, "Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." We must learn to look beyond the circumstances around us and believe in the promises of God rather than the evidence of the world.
Hebrews 11:1 says, "Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." If we truly believe Jesus is who he says he is and has done in our lives what he says he has we can be certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11 gives many amazing examples of the kind of faith and belief Jesus is talking about. I want to encourage you to read Hebrews 11 and see if it doesn't inspire you to a stronger belief about God.
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"Stop doubting and believe."