a fresh outlook

For some, it’s still fresh on our minds that we just celebrated the birth of Jesus. And I hope you had a great time with your family and friends. But, if we look 30+ years ahead, that little boy will become a man, and do what He came to do on Earth; to draw us to His Father, by sacrificing His life for all to have a choice to accept Him, be forgiven, and to live life after death with Him.

Just finishing the Easter story, I began to question how those closest to Jesus, His disciples, could at the end of His time on Earth, worship Him, and some doubt? (Matt. 28:17) How could they still doubt after they had lived life-on-life with Him, and experienced all that had just taken place?

I was talking with a Slovak friend of mine recently, who is growing in his faith, but having some doubts. During our conversations we learned that doubt can be healthy to increase our faith. The disciples proved this for us. You see, everything they had just experienced, was still fresh for them. So much had taken place in such a short period of time, Jesus death and resurrection, that they were putting all the parables, and pieces together. After dying three days, Jesus appeared to them in different locations, on different days, before leaving Earth. They were startled, frightened, rebuked for their unbelief and hardness of hearts. Thomas needed to see with his own eyes, and Peter was restored. After cautiously examining all that had taken place, and in their firm convictions of their doubts, they believed, and died for Him in the end!

Slow to believe.

How often do we respond the same way with God? We live life-on-life with him, experience so much, yet we still have doubt, or slow to believe. Do we take time to put all the pieces together, to see where God is at work, or how He is preparing us for something great for His purpose? I know I’ve been doing that lately.

Right before He departs Earth, Jesus reminded them as he does for us, that no matter what,…He is with us always, to the end of the age.” (Matt. 28:20)

So, as we start this new year, may we remember that promise. And, allow His story, and our experiences living life with him, to become afresh for us each day that we will put aside our doubts and fears, and live for the risen Son!

Wishing you all a blessed 2018!