I had an interesting conversation with someone the other day about why I believe what I believe. He asked if I am a Christian because that is just what my parents were and it really got me thinking about my journey and what has brought me to where I am today. And I came to realize that my story kind of mirrors Thomas’ story. Thomas gets a bad rap, and a bad nickname to boot…Doubting Thomas. We look at his doubt as a bad thing, but is it. See Thomas was upset after Jesus was crucified and his faith was in a sort of tailspin. But he started hearing stories that Jesus was alive and people had come into contact with him. At this point Thomas could have taken everyone else’s word for it like we do sometimes. We take our parents or our friends versions of their faith and take them as our own. But Thomas did not want that, he wanted his own experience with Jesus, and to touch his nail scarred hands, before he could let himself truly believe and make his own personal judgement.
What I am saying is this, don’t let your relationship with Jesus be cultural or familial, show some doubt about what everyone has always said and seek your own experience with Him. Let your convictions be based on an ORIGINAL encounter with God and own YOUR faith!