Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said to him, 'We have seen the Lord.'
So he said to them, 'Unless I see in His Hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His Side, I will not believe.'
And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, 'Peace to you!' Then He said to Thomas, 'Reach your finger here, and look at My Hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My Side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.'
And Thomas answered and said to Him, 'My Lord and my God!'
Jesus said to him, 'Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.'
Two kinds of 'show-me' skeptics exist: 1) The 'show-me-because-I-want-to-believe' kind, and 2) The 'I-won't-believe-it-even-if-I-see-it' kind--'but go ahead and try, buddy.'
The apostle Thomas, a brave and truthful man, was the first kind. He wanted to believe, but that degree of faith came harder for him than others. Nevertheless, Jesus honored his sincere heart. He also honored the sincere heart of my son-in-law, Adam--a man much like Thomas.
Adam asked God to show Himself: to make Himself known. Because Adam wanted to believe. The result? God appeared to Adam in a dream--very plainly and in Person. As it was for Thomas, so it was for Adam. The result of these Personal appearances is glorious history--with an even more glorious future.*
Here's the thing: Jesus knows our hearts. In His day, He refused to perform signs and wonders for those who were insincere. But for those who were truly seeking, He was truly found. And so He is today--with each meeting tailored to the needs of the seeker.
Consider guileless skeptics-turned-believers who became preachers, teachers and authors--like the Apostle Paul, C.S. Lewis, Derek Prince and Lee Strobel. They and countless others had their own encounters with Christ.
Like the father of the demon-possessed son, who said to Jesus: ' 'If You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.' Jesus said to him, 'If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.' ' The father's honest response? ' 'Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!' ' (Mark 9:22-24). Jesus honored this man's efforts to believe, and the boy was healed.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Jesus was an equal opportunity Witness. By your behavior, act like Him. To 'show-me' skeptics with a genuine heart, you may plant a seed of interest--enough for a seeker to take his challenge straight to the Top. I believe God will run to meet each one.
To others who use mockery as a weapon, let them go and brush it off. Insincerity is their problem--not yours. Move on.
To Be Continued...
* Adam She's testimony: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBNcRL0SkGw&feature=c4-overview&list=UUkvrpu4aEFWdKZJkJFZcJpQ
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Skeptics series.