Sunday Reflection: Being Your Genuine Self
To get the most out of this devotion, set aside time to read the Scripture referenced throughout.
After seeing the risen Jesus, everyone rejoiced—except Thomas. Recorded as the sole disciple who said, “I will not believe,” he often gets a bad rap, but can you imagine being the only one of your friends who was unsure? Thomas probably felt alone in his doubts—he may have sensed pressure to be excited and could have assumed he was disappointing his fellow disciples. He might even have felt embarrassed when Jesus singled him out to touch His wounds (John 20:19-29).
What we often overlook, however, is Thomas’s willingness to be vulnerable. It’s possible he wasn’t proud of feeling doubtful, but instead of pretending, he presented his true self to his friends and his Savior. And for that, Thomas was ultimately rewarded—Jesus met his insecurity with assurance.
Because Thomas was honest, he was positioned for Jesus to extend grace. The same principle is at work in our relationships—we don’t have to hide the messy or difficult parts of ourselves, because vulnerability invites grace in. And that’s when friendships flourish.
Think about it
- Is there someone with whom you can be truly vulnerable? What do you need in order to take that leap?
Bible in One Year: John 17-19
In Touch Daily Devotional 7 November 2021 | By Dr. Charles Stanley. He is the senior pastor of First Baptist Church Atlanta and founder of In Touch Ministries, both located in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Stanley’s heart’s desire is to get the gospel to “as many people as possible, as quickly as possible, as clearly as possible, as irresistibly as possible, through the power of the Holy Spirit to the glory of God