New International Version (NIV)
26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”
How often have we acted like Thomas? How often have we wanted proof that something was truly as someone had told us. We ask for signs and we look for the facts when we hear stories, do research papers, and conduct interviews. We even prefer to see pictures of our food before ordering it.
Faith does not come with a laminated menu that has highlighted pictures. It is not presented to us on a silver platter by the nail-stricken hands of Christ. Faith is believing in something that is unseen. Our faith is our sight. It allows us the opportunity to come before the cross and realize what Christ has done for us.
It is our hope. It is our calling to go out and serve. It is the reason that we gather. We have faith because we have witnessed the power of Christ in the lives of those around us, as well as our own. It is by faith that we look at the Great Commission from Matthew 28:18-20 and know that we can accomplish anything because Christ is with us.
What is it that you are doubting?
What is it that is keeping you from believing in the impossible?