What has caused doubt in your spiritual life? What act of God would you need to see to dispel any doubt from your life? In the book of Matthew, there is an interesting verse found soon after the disciples had seen their risen savior. I invite you to put yourself into the story today; Jesus has just revealed himself to his disciples and has asked them to meet him at a particular mountain. They had made the journey, and as they approach their destination, they see Jesus and start to worship him. However, in the midst of this amazing moment, some of the disciples still held onto doubts. This is the story as the apostle Matthew recalled it …
Scripture: Matthew 28:16-20 (NLT)
Then the eleven disciples left for Galilee, going to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him—but some of them doubted! 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.”
The disciples had made the journey from Jerusalem to Galilee, which is almost 80 miles – on foot! They made the trek because they loved Jesus and obeyed his request to meet Him at this certain mountain. They were once again devoted to their Teacher, Savior, Lord, and Friend. Yet in the moment of this reconciliation, they are confronted with doubt. I believe this doubt was not directed to who Jesus was, but rather who they were going to be without him.
The new normal for them was going to be a shift of authority from being followers of Jesus in daily ministry to becoming leaders with followers who would look to them for answers. Their identities were about to shift from disciples to apostles; from followers to sent ones. How does Jesus respond to this doubt? He reassures and reminds them of who he is and the authority he has. In the same breath, Jesus then commissions them (and us) to take all they have and all that they are and make new, obedient, disciples. Jesus then goes on to further reassure them that he will continue to participate with them in all of their journeys.
- What things do you doubt you would be able to do?
- Are there places in your life that you need to remember that God has all authority over?
- Who are you discipling in your life?
God, thank you for the call you have put on my life to make disciples. In my times where I doubt my abilities, let me trust in your authority. Create in me a continued desire to show your love and kindness to all who will listen. In the name of Jesus, AMEN.