When we do that, great things will happen. I have been reading in the book of Romans during my devotionals, and God showed me this verse Monday morning in Romans 1: “I long to see you (this is Paul talking) that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong; that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.” We are not talking about a baby food Christian here. We are talking about the Apostle Paul. Paul is saying, “Man, I want to be mutually encouraged by your faith.”
Proverbs 27:17 “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” Don’t doubt in isolation. Don’t doubt on an island. Doubt in community. Do you remember Thomas, one of the twelve? All the disciples are talking about the resurrection. Jesus is coming back from the grave. He came back. Thomas is going, “Man, no he didn’t.” The quintessential questioner, Mr. Doubter, Thomas, “He didn’t come back.” In fact, Thomas said, “I’ll have to see him. I’ll have to touch the nail prints and then I’ll believe.”
Did Thomas press the pause button? No. Did he press the eject button? No. Thomas pressed the play button. He sharpened his spiritual sword. He went to where faith was. He hung out still with a community of Christ-followers, the disciples, and Jesus revealed himself to Thomas in the midst of this bout with doubt. It is the same for you, and me too, during a very critical response to a bout with doubt.
For the most part, I have been talking to people of faith; people who have bowed the knee to Christ. But I want to talk right now to some people who are outside the family of God.
You jump down to the other person’s level. And it is human nature when we are struck when someone throws some fire on us, we want to return the fire like that.