Wednesday, October 23, 2013

John 1:43-46 . . . and then we tell others . . .


43 The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me.”
44 Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. 45 Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”
46 “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked.
“Come and see,” said Philip.

On Monday, we noted that first, Jesus finds us.
Now we will dig in again, and see what the next step is!

We see that Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. So they all may have been acquainted. Next we see what Philip did when he set out to follow Jesus . . .
Did he sign up for a seminar? No.
Did he wait to be baptized? No.
Did he go to seminary, to learn languages, study Scripture, and learn how to preach a sermon with all of the important points starting with the same letter of the alphabet? No.

All of these are good things in their times, and in certain situations. But the first thing that he did, according to Johns' gospel, was to find Nathanael, and tell him about Jesus!

It's so vitally important in being a disciple of Christ, to simply tell other people about Him!
I think it is wonderful, and encouraging, that Philip didn't have any great learning; he didn't have a set of letters after his name, and yet he was truly effective in being a witness for Jesus.  In his excitement, he overlooked what we discovered on Monday, and blurted out to Nathanael, "We have found Him...!"
Often we may think that we can't tell other people about Jesus because we don't know enough, or we don't have all the answers they may ask. We think that we haven't memorized enough verses, or we might fumble around when we try to tell about how He's changed our lives.

You know what?

None of that really matters. We don't have to be theologians. We don't have to have all the right answers. We don't have to have memorized the "right" verses. We just need to be passionate about Jesus, and He will do the rest! His spirit will guide us!

We simply must tell others, for our hearts are full:
For we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.” Acts 4:20
But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, I Peter 3:15
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”  Acts 1:8
And look at this passage in Jeremiah:
But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’; for to all to whom I send you, you shall go, and whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, declares the Lord.”  Jer 1:7-8
See where I added an underline on the word "youth"? Well, substitute what you will there, whether you think to yourself, "I'm only a layperson" or I've only been saved a short while" or "I haven't had any training" . . .   You see, it doesn't matter -- if you will speak for Him, He will be with you!

First He finds us, and then we tell others!

1 comment:

Belinda said...

I believe if we are willing to speak, the Holy Spirit fills us with words. We don't have to be able to answer every question that might arise. That is when we join with the person we are talking to in searching the Bible.

We/I fear rejection. We/I fear being ridiculed. We/I fear. Period. But the Bible tells us God did not give us a spirit of fear.

My toes hurt. They are pretty swollen right now.