We live in a world where people need to meet Jesus. I guess that’s always been the case. There’s never been a time, in human history, where people have not needed that relationship with God. God created us for relationship with Him. Everything in our life flows from that relationship.
Here’s the thing. Once we have entered into relationship with the Father, through the Son, via the Spirit, we want others to know that same life, peace, and hope that we have experienced. Once we know Jesus, we want others to know Jesus.
But how? I think today’s text in John 1: 43-46 can show us a lot:
43The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, ‘Follow me.’ 44Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45Philip found Nathanael and said to him, ‘We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.’ 46Nathanael said to him, ‘Can anything good come out of Nazareth?’ Philip said to him, ‘Come and see.’
Phillip meets Jesus. Phillip then goes to Nathanael and tells him about Jesus. But Nathanael doesn’t think that Jesus is worth the trouble, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” How did Phillip respond?
Did he get mad?
Did he write an angry Facebook post?
Did he condemn Nathanael?
No. He gave a simple response. Come and see. He didn’t try to argue him into heaven. He didn’t try to guilt him or make him feel bad. He just said, come and see for yourself. Come and see this Jesus.
And you make up your mind from there. Later on, we see Nathanael follow Jesus. He becomes a disciple. But only because Phillip had the wisdom to not get into an argument or get angry with him.
Phillip just pointed him to Jesus.
That’s our job today. Don’t get angry. Don’t get upset. Don’t get mad. Just love others, as God has loved us. And point others to Jesus. That’s our job. To point.
Today, with our lives, our words, our actions, all that we area, may we point others to Jesus.