Are there conditions on your faith in Christ? Have you placed self-imposed limitations on what you will believe about Him? Have you made what you know about Him and how you will live for Him subject to your experience?
Thomas the disciple did! But notice upon who Christ proclaimed the blessing?
John 20:24-29 NLT
One of the twelve disciples, Thomas (nicknamed the Twin), was not with the others when Jesus came. They told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he replied, “I won’t believe it unless I see the nail wounds in his hands, put my fingers into them, and place my hand into the wound in 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. “Peace be with you,” he said. Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!” “My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed. Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.” (Emphasis mine)
Take the conditions off of your faith! Be in awe of the Awesome God! Stand in reverence of His holiness and righteousness! Believe Him without any sense realm evidence! You will only be the better for it!
Stay on Target!
Matthew 28:18-20 NLT
Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be
sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
These three verses establish our priority as a “called out” and “sent” people. The same Christ who has saved us and set us apart for His own special use and glory, now “commissions” all who are His to go and to make disciples of all nations.
There are several notable things concerning our commission to go and make disciples. Today, we will look at only one of them. First of all, our commission is based upon and backed by His authority. Look back at Matthew 28:18. Christ declares that “all authority is given to Me.” And it is based on this biblical fact and truth that He sends us on this vital assignment. His authority empowers as well as authorizes us to continue what He was doing while He was here on earth. He gives us the responsibility and also the authority so that with our obedience we will have good success in our raising up devoted followers of Him.
As we embrace this command and receive the full backing of Christ and heaven’s resources, we recognize that what He has endorsed, He has also provided for its success. Ours is merely to receive and obey. He has authorized us to be His disciples and to continue the process as we do the same in others. How are you doing with that? (To Be Continued)