Your Biblical BlueNovember 6, 2008
I know if you are labeled as a Blue, you have spent some time wondering/analyzing why it has taken so long for me to get to you all! Well, after a great deal of thought and consideration of several notable Blues in Scripture, I have decided on one definite Blue… St. Thomas.
St. Thomas is most notably known for who one statement that has put him in the hall of fame as a Blue. A week after the Reseurection, the other disciples were praying in the upper room when the Risen Christ appeared to them. Who was gone… Thomas. Where was he? Well, if he is a true Blue, he was most likely somewhere thinking! Regardless of his location, he was not there to actually witness the Risen Christ. So upon his return, the disciples began telling him how Christ had appeared to them. What was Thomas’s response? Spoken like a true Blue, Thomas basically says, “I will not believe until I see him with my own eyes and place my fingers in his wounds.”
So what about this statement makes Thomas a Blue? In most circumstances, your Blue personality type will want to see actual proof of just about everything. One of their strengths and weaknesses is their ability to analyze situations. At times, this is a strength and was for Thomas earlier in the Gospel when he was ready to go and die with Jesus. Why did he believe so much in Christ that time? Christ was real for him, he saw the miracles every day and he must have deducted that beyond the obvious facts presented to him combined with his feelings, Christ had to be the Messiah.
Now, another great trait possessed by the Blue personality that can be both a strength and a weakness is their stubborn nature. Using the two examples above proves this point. On one hand, Thomas’s stubbornness to follow Christ, even if it meant death shows how die-hard Blues can be in their faith life. This is a great trait to have since once a Blue truly understands and can fully embrace (logically) the Gospel, there is no turning back for them. They are resolve in their belief and sometimes, that’s just it for them. No swaying.
However, one hang up in the process of their embracing the Gospel can be this same stubbornness. Thomas was not going to believe Christ rose until he had absolute proof. The wonderful part of this story is that out of this trait, Christ uses Thomas’s seeming fault to redeem those of us who are believers. Thomas believed because he saw, but Christ promises even more for those of us who believe without seeing.
So, a great THANK YOU to the Blues of the world for in your strength and weakness. Because of Thomas’s Blue tendencies, we are able to see the two different types of believers both now and then. After reading this post, which side of the fence are you on? Are you still trying to “see” or do you simply believe?
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About the Writer:
Trent Cotton has spent a number of years in management and business consulting. After spending some time in the field, he joined the HR department, beginning in recruiting and eventually serving as the Department Head of HR for one of the major lines of business. With such a varied background, he works to bring all of these together to help churches and other Christian organizations incorporate some common business practices into their ministries to enable them to better serve the Kingdom. He currently works for SourcePointe, an HR Outsourcing Agency while continuing to own and operate Christian Management Consulting as a ministry. In his free time, he also writes a lot on Church Development as a Church Consultant.