“Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” Jesus does not scold Thomas. Instead he gives him the evidence he needs and gently invites him to believe. In response, Thomas speaks one of the greatest affirmations in Jesus ever recorded. How do we as leaders deal with those who doubt our plans and strategies for ministry and for change? What might Jesus’ dealing with Thomas teach us? It is easy to grow discouraged with those who don’t agree with me Lord. Teach me, by Your Spirit, to respond with patience and grace.
“Men of Galilee, why do you stand here looking into the sky?” Acts 1 shows clearly that disciples of Jesus can get caught up with trendy questions (vs. 6) or with miraculous showings or desired endings (vs. 10-11). Jesus however, called his people to a mission (vs 7-8). How do we stay focused on doing God’s mission? – Guide us, Holy Spirit, to live your mission. Empower us to be your witnesses. Amen.
“Therefore, prepare you minds for action; be self-controlled; set you hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.” Peter reminds us that active waiting and intense searching has always been part of faithful following of God. We should not be surprised that we do not have all the answers and fulfillment of our faith right now. What would you like God to reveal to you right now? How are you waiting in mind, heart, and spirit these days? – Spirit of God, prepare my mind and control my emotions; set my hope on you.