Sunday’s sermon was on Matthew 28:16-20.
We talked about Jesus sending out all of the disciples — even the ones who were doubting. They were all being commissioned to go and live out the gospel everywhere they went. Jesus didn’t pick and choose based on how big each disciple’s belief was. Perhaps, He knew that in walking out their faith, that’s where their belief would grow…that it wouldn’t happen overnight, or standing right there in the midst of that moment of worship. Belief is a fundamental part of our relationship with Christ — but it’s a living and breathing part. It’s tested and strengthened, challenged and refined. It’s not something that just IS. It’s something that deepens, as our relationship with Him deepens.
As we near the end of this 31 day journey on big belief, I’d love to know: how has your belief grown? Do you have any lingering doubts? Any new doubts that have crept up and surprised you?
Today, I want to encourage you in your doubting, in your questions, in your uncertainty.
There are some doubts and questions in my own life that I’m still learning to navigate. I know their familiar shapes, but I don’t want to become too comfortable with them, because I know He is faithful to remove and restore.
When I began this journey at the beginning of the month, I wanted to learn more about what the Lord had to say about belief, and I wanted Him to grow and change mine for His glory. I can sense He is doing that, growing my confidence in Him and in His plan for my life, but I also sense Him teaching me how to surrender doubt whenever I encounter it, knowing He will be faithful to show up right there in the middle of my doubt to lead me through — ultimately past — it.
Wikipedia says doubt is a status between belief and disbelief and that it may involve delaying or rejecting relevant action out of concerns for mistakes or faults or appropriateness.
I pray that you wouldn’t allow your doubts to keep you from moving forward and moving toward Him. Because He isn’t afraid of our doubts. We can freely share them with Him and know that He’s going to walk us through them. We can be confident that even in the midst of the walking and the learning, He is for us, He is with us, and He has a purpose and a plan to use us.
::For the month of October, I’m participating in The Nester’s #31Days blog writing challenge. My topic? Big BELIEF. For the next 31 days, I’ll be writing about three main things: 1. BELIEVING in His good plan for my life, 2. BELIEVING in the dreams He’s placed on my heart, and 3.BELIEVING in who He is and what He promises. So, what do you say? Will you join me? Will you open your heart to Him and allow Him to grow your belief over these next 31 days? You can read all my #31Days posts,here.::