Andrew Tells His Story
I looked where John pointed. He’d told us many times about the one who would come after him. He’d pointed him out to us yesterday, and now he pointed to him again.
Sometimes John spoke in riddles. But today when he said, “This is the one I meant when I said, ‘A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me,’” my heart burned. The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world; the long-awaited Messiah; the Eternal One, was passing by.
What should I do? I didn’t want to leave John, but I felt compelled to follow Jesus.
John seemed to read my thoughts. His eyes looked into mine. He jerked his beard toward Jesus, and I knew he was bidding me to go. I elbowed my buddy, and we took off.
Jesus heard us approaching and turned toward us. “What do you want?”
What did we want? To know Him? To see what He was like? But we didn’t voice that. Instead we said, “Teacher, where are you staying?”
Really? We’re meeting the Messiah and all we can come up with is, “Where are you staying?”
Jesus didn’t seem to notice our bumbling. He graciously replied, “Come, and see.”
So, we did. Jesus spent the whole day with us. Afterward, I couldn’t wait to bring my brother Simon to meet Jesus.
What Do You Want?
I wonder if Andrew and the other disciple were tongue-tied when Jesus turned to them. Or maybe they were showing polite interest like when we ask someone we meet where they’re from. Or, were they feeling Jesus out because they wanted time with Him?
That made me consider how I would have answered Jesus. Would I say, “I want to spend time with You and know You better”? Verses that say God answers my prayers prompt me, like a child compiling a list for Christmas, to write down what I want from Jesus. But Andrew and his companion didn’t ask Jesus to provide anything for them. They wanted to know Him.
Jesus said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied” (Matt. 5:6 NASB). He also said, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty” (Jn. 6:35 NIV). Those who hunger for Jesus, who is our righteousness, experience contentment.
Have you considered how you would answer Jesus’ question?
What Do You Value?
I think our answer reveals our values. In a busy world that esteems doing over being I can keep an eye on the time when I read my Bible. But when I approach my Bible asking Him to speak to me and expecting to hear from Him, I’m less likely to watch the clock.
I like to feel productive. Yet, Jesus told achiever Martha that her sister Mary had made the best use of her time when she chose to be still at Jesus’ feet. In fact, what Mary had chosen would never be taken away from her (Luke 10:38-42).
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Wanting to know Jesus better, to be where He is, and to hang out with Him is something I can choose any time and any place. Even when I struggle with fatigue, even when there are projects to do, Jesus enjoys my company.
What do you think Jesus would do if this week you asked to know Him better? Are you willing to hang out with Him to find out?
If you live in me and what I say lives in you, then ask for anything you want, and it will be yours” (Jn. 15:7 GW).
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