Because we are imperfect, we cannot know perfectly the mind of God. Therefore, we will have our disagreements. Nonetheless, when we look to God, we can resolve most of our differences. When we submit ourselves to God, our differences do not matter.
John 20:24-29 Good News Translation (GNT)
Jesus and Thomas
24 One of the twelve disciples, Thomas (called the Twin), was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”
Thomas said to them, “Unless I see the scars of the nails in his hands and put my finger on those scars and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”
26 A week later the disciples were together again indoors, and Thomas was with them. The doors were locked, but Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands; then reach out your hand and put it in my side. Stop your doubting, and believe!”
28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!”
29 Jesus said to him, “Do you believe because you see me? How happy are those who believe without seeing me!”
Was it at that moment Thomas was reborn? Perhaps. What we do know is that from that time on Thomas knew the risen Christ as his Lord and his God.
When we first come into this world, who is our Lord and our God? Is not the person we most adore our self. When we look at others, don’t we compare them with our self. When Thomas acknowledged Christ as his Lord, he began to realize that how he compared to others no longer mattered. What mattered is what God wanted from and for him.
How did Peter learn this lesson? Perhaps he began to understand after Jesus told him he would be crucified.
John 21:18-22 Good News Translation (GNT)
18 I am telling you the truth: when you were young, you used to get ready and go anywhere you wanted to; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands and someone else will tie you up and take you where you don’t want to go.” 19 (In saying this, Jesus was indicating the way in which Peter would die and bring glory to God.) Then Jesus said to him, “Follow me!”
20 Peter turned around and saw behind him that other disciple, whom Jesus loved—the one who had leaned close to Jesus at the meal and had asked, “Lord, who is going to betray you?” 21 When Peter saw him, he asked Jesus, “Lord, what about this man?”
22 Jesus answered him, “If I want him to live until I come, what is that to you? Follow me!”
Peter now looked ahead to a grim death, hanging upon a cross. So he wondered. Did Jesus have another fate in store for John, his favorite? When Peter asked, Jesus said that was none of his business, and Peter accepted the answer.
God is God. God knows His plan for each of us. God understands what He is doing. We do not. To serve God — whose plans we cannot understand — requires each of us to accept Christ Jesus my Lord and my God.