Tuesday, November 25, 2008

What do you want?

The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, "Look, the Lamb of God!"
When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, "What do you want?" They said, "Rabbi" (which means Teacher), "where are you staying?"
"Come," he replied, "and you will see." So they went and saw where he was staying, and spent that day with him. It was about the tenth hour.
John 1:35-39 (NIV)

"Look, the Lamb of God!"

In my opinion John used the perfect introduction. Everyone get your eyes on this One for He is the one that will pay the price and it will be a one time deal. He is the one we have been waiting for. The days of sacrificing a lamb in the morning and a lamb in the evening for the peoples sins would soon be gone. Only God could provide the perfect sacrifice.

So the disciples left John and followed after Jesus. For John had prepared the people to follow Jesus. Everything John did pointed people to their coming Savior. And here John witnesses the fruit of his labor, and see the disciples walk after the One. John's purpose had been fulfilled.

Jesus sees them. I just love these precious words, you see Jesus doesn't miss a thing, He sees everything! So, He sees them following after Him and asks them a question. Which is another favorite part of Scripture for me...I love when Jesus asks the questions. He is initiating the conversation, He is reaching out in a loving relationship!

"What do you want?"

I believe Jesus is asking this in a very loving, and inviting way. His question is saying that it is not enough to just follow after Him, we need to do it for the right reasons. Those right reasons are His. If we don't know what they are then we need to be asking Him to show us. It is not okay for me to follow Him for my purposes. That would be me asking Him to follow me, which is not a good idea at all!

Do I follow Jesus for me? Or for Him?

Do I want Jesus for me? Or do I want Jesus for Him?

Am I seeking my glory? Or seeking glory for Him?

So the disciples ask their great Teacher,

"Where are you staying?"

For they are seeking to know more of who He is, and to be in relationship with Him.

For they want more of Him.

Jesus invites them,

"Come and you will see."

Jesus knew their hearts, He knew they were truly seeking Him and He would reveal more of Himself to them.

So the disciples went and spent the day with their Teacher.

May we accept His invitation and spend time with Him!
Happy Thanksgiving! May you all know how thankful I am for you. Enjoy your week and I will be back after the holiday next week!


Kimberly said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! And you ask some great questions yourself! Questions He has been asking me...are the things I am doing for His glory or mine? Why is it that I want to know Him more...to impress others with my knowledge or because I cannot get enough of Him, because I want to truly know Him.

Thank you so much for always challenging us. I NEED to be challenged. My flesh loves mediocre a bit too much for my own good!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving friend! I am thankful for you and for how God speaks to you and through you!
Love and prayers,

Anonymous said...

I Love to SEE God...Again today he is bringing me to come and SEE...Thank-You God for letting me SEE!!!!!!
Love, Hugs & Prayers

Isn't it Amazing,how all things lead us to God if we choose to SEE.
Let us Look...

Chatty Kelly said...

Hope you & yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

The Patterson 5 said...

May everything I do be to His glory and may I truly be a follower of Him for Him. Thank you for this thought provoking post. May everyday be a day spent with our Savior! May your Thanksgiving be blessed!

Sue J. said...

Those first two questions are really stunning! I can say that I'm not doing things for my own glory. But for Whom am I following Jesus? Just had never really thought about that question....

Dovetails into my challenge. He really is weaving quite an answer for me! Praise Him!!

Enjoy some wonderful family time....More to come....

Amy L Brooke said...

Thanks for stopping by and for your encouragement. It means a lot.