Trendsetters. Pioneers. Trailblazer.
What would you call the first people to respond to Jesus’ “Follow Me”? Faith-filled… that’s what I call them. What an honor. I’d like to say that I would have responded the same way, but I’m not sure.
Can you imagine being among the nation awaiting the Messiah for so long and then realizing that He is right in front of you? They knew something was different about Jesus. He wasn’t just another prophet or rabbi. He was the One that Israel had been longing to see. And in these few verses, we see Him doling out new names, sharing prophecy, giving hope, and more.
An ordinary man? Nope. Savior of the world? Yep.
What can we learn from Philip, Nathanael, and the other disciples from this passage of scripture? Here are a few thoughts:
- They were seeking. These guys were not looking for theological or worldview debates. They wanted a relationship with their Creator. You can almost feel their anxious longing jump off the page.
- They had awkward questions for the Messiah. “Where are you staying?” and “How do you know about me?” was the best they could come up with. It almost feels like a bad job interview, but I love it because it shows that we come to God as we are. We’re not perfect or polished, but broken and humble, relying on Him to make us new (and not awkward).
- They had faith. They had eyes to see what others would not. Remind you of Hebrews 11?
- They were everyday people. Fishermen, tax collectors, etc. God invites all kinds of people from all kinds of socio-economic backgrounds into His family. That’s refreshing stuff.
- They will change the world. They had no idea then. We get to be on this side and be recipients of the faith decisions they made. Through Jesus, they flipped this terrestrial ball upside down.
Maybe the best part of all this is that the invitation these disciples responded to is the same one that is extended to us. “Follow Me” is the most liberating, life-altering, joy-giving opportunity anyone could ever have. Will you drop your nets?
What else did God show you in these verses today? We’d love to hear from you.
By: Todd Thomas