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기독교서회
Daily Devotional
2022. 01
15
토요일
MORE THAN WORDS
Read John 20:24-29

Be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.— 1 Peter 3:8 (NIV)

As our instructor talked on and on, I saw a classmate squirm in his seat. During a break, he explained, “Sitting and listening is so difficult for me. I prefer doing, touching, seeing, smelling, and even tasting. I’m an experiential learner.”
While reading today’s scripture passage, I recalled that conversation and thought that Thomas must have been an experiential learner. Although traditionally he has been called “Doubting Thomas,” I think maybe Thomas processed information best by receiving it through a combination of senses. Perhaps the report from the other disciples didn’t involve enough of his senses for him to process that information easily. Only by hearing, seeing, and touching could Thomas accept Jesus’ resurrection.
That same hesitance to accept the gospel sometimes hinders us today. We may regard sermons as boring because words alone exclude the other senses. For some, Communion fills that void through touch and taste. Others enjoy children’s sermons that often involve multiple senses.
When we are understanding of those who receive the gospel in different ways, we fulfill the charge in today’s quoted scripture. We may need their understanding of our differences too.

Prayer |

Precious Lord, help us to be understanding of the unique ways each person receives your good news. In the name of Jesus. Amen.

Thought for the Day |

Using all my senses can open me to God’s presence.

Prayer Focus |

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNERS

Writer |

Mary Hunt Webb (New Mexico, USA)