Journey Group Devotional, 10/17/15
Thomas’ Conviction: “Let’s go…”
Sky diving was nowhere on my bucket list of things to do. But several years ago, I did just that. I was part of a small group of nervous teens and adults who went through a short training class, put on jump suits, and then one by one, jumped. However, we didn’t jump from a plane. It was from a wall. You see, it was indoor skydiving. We jumped into fast moving air being blown by a huge fan at the bottom of a room designed just for this. Above the fan was a heavy net. If we followed instruction, there was actually no chance of injury. My job? Trust the net and follow instructions. I have to admit, it still took a little courage but it was a lot of fun.
Thomas is only recorded speaking three times (all in John’s Gospel). But each time, his words are profound. In John 11:16, his words were a declaration as well as a challenge. When Jesus announced that He was going to Jerusalem, Thomas said to his fellow disciples,
Let’s go so that we may die with Him.
The challenge Thomas issued wasn’t just for the other disciples. He challenged all of us who’ve come behind him. The timing of Thomas’ words make them seem even more challenging. They came just hours before Jesus declared Himself to be the Resurrection and just days before Jesus proved it by His own resurrection! Martha responded to Jesus, saying, I believe you are the Messiah… Do we?
A conviction is a strong belief in something. Our convictions determine our actions. Following Christ requires a commitment born out of the conviction that Christ is and will be our net. If we fall, can we trust Him to catch us? If we die, we can we be assured that through Him we will live?
Preacher and author, William Barkley, once said there are three things that if we get hold of, will change our lives:
- The love of God that wants what’s best for us.
- The wisdom of God that knows what’s best for us.
- The power of God to do what’s best for us.
If Christ is the Resurrection and the Life, then He’s our net. Thomas said, “Let’s go…” Sounds like a challenge to a Journey Group! Are you coming with us?