Some Were Doubtful
“When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some were doubtful.” (Matthew 28:17, NASB)
It is post resurrection. The disciples have gathered at the mountain in Galilee as Jesus instructed. They are about to receive the Great Commission, that monumental charge from their Lord. But there is something striking about the disciples. Some of them were doubtful. They were weak in their faith.
What is even more striking is the fact that Jesus gave the Great Commission to them anyway. This world shaping, church growing, God glorifying send-off would be given to men who are weak in their faith.
Often, we picture the disciples receiving the Great Commission as strong and ready men. But some were doubtful. There are some clear applications from this.
First, God uses His weak people. Jesus gave one commission to both the weak and the strong. It was not their strength of faith that qualified them. It was God’s grace through Christ.
Never convince yourself that God has no use for you because your faith is not strong enough. Look to Him. He has a record of displaying His power through the lives of His trembling saints.
Second, the strong are not better than the weak. Notice that we are not given the names of those who were doubtful. That is because it is irrelevant. They all equally received the same glorious commission.
Dear Christian, your performance is not your merit. Do not envy those who seem stronger in the faith or look down on those who seem weaker. We are all credited with the perfect faithfulness of Christ. He is our merit.
Third, the doubtful still worship. The text says they worshipped Him. Worship through your doubt. I believe God is especially glorified through the worship of His doubtful saints. It shows that He is worthy of our worship even when we don't understand what He is doing.
Believer, if your faith is weak, know that His grip on you is strong. He meets both the strong and the weak on the mountain.