How do people know about things? I know, weird question.
But really, how do people know about things? Normally, they are told. They are told by a friend. They are told by some source of media. They are told by someone, or something.
How will folks know, unless they are told. Makes sense, when you think about it.
Look at what happens today in John 1:43-45:
The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”
But, the story doesn’t end there. Philip then goes and finds Nathanael. And he tells Nathanael about Jesus. And Nathanael comes to believe.
I think that’s a cool example of how it works.
First, we are found. Then we find others.
We are found by a God that is searching for us. Sometimes we get it backwards. It’s not that we are searching for God. It’s that God is searching for us. It’s not that we are seeking God, it’s that God is seeking after us.
God loves us. He has formed us and made us. And wants to be in relationship with us. God is seeking us.
And then, when He has found us, He wants us to seek after others.
Philip was found. And then he went and found Nathanael.
To those of us that have been found, that’s our next job. If we’ve been told about the goodness and mercy and God, if God in His mercy has found us, we are to go.
Go and find others.
Go and take that Good News with us.
We’ve been found. We know grace. We know love. We know hope and peace.
There are others that don’t. We’ve got to find them. And tell them.
And here’s the thing. They aren’t hard to find. Look around. Find the hurting. Find the ones in pain. Find the ones in need.
And tell them that there is a God that loves them. No matter what.
Today, we’ve been found. May we find others. And may we point all that we meet towards the grace of Jesus.
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