The Daily Fountain Daily Devotional of the Church Of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) 3 July 2019 – Go On To Maturity
TOPIC: Go On To Maturity
READ: John 20:24-29 King James Version (KJV)
24 Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came.
25 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.”
26 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!”
27 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.”
28 And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”
29 Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
Every person who wants to be a good leader in the Church, family, organisation etc., needs to learn from Jesus Christ. He has excellent leadership qualities that make him to lead well. Ordinarily, many leaders would have first rebuked Thomas for being absent in the day of first appearance. Thomas would have been made to explain where he went to. But Jesus went straight to clear his doubt. Knowing Thomas’ weakness, Jesus made Himself real to him. He led Thomas step by step to acknowledge Him (verses 27-29). From being a doubting Thomas, Jesus made Thomas to become a believing Thomas. Wisdom is highly required in soul wining. The Thomases in our Churches and fellowships need a caring shepherd that can lead them step by step to acknowledge Jesus as their Lord.
Thomas probably wouldn’t have doubted the appearance of Jesus if he were there when He first visited. In most cases, it is people who don’t attend meetings where decisions are taken that often create problems and gossips that scatter organisations. Be careful. If you want your doubt to be cleared and your opinion taken, attend meetings. It takes love and maturity to correct Thomas. Please know the weakness of your subordinates and always apply the right approach in correcting them.
PRAYER: My God, my Father, while I astray far from faith, teach me to always say, Thy will be established in me.