HOST: Michael Whitworth
The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!” Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” Jesus answered him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” And he said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”
“Follow Me.” Two simple words, and yet a command that had a life-changing effect on anyone who heard and obeyed it. To follow Jesus meant to leave the world behind and give Him your life. It meant to make sacrifices and endure hardships. It meant to put Christ before everyone and everything else. It also meant to have the wonderful opportunity to sit at His feet and learn, to witness His compassion, forgiveness, and power, and to reap all the spiritual benefits of a relationship with the Son of God. Jesus still invites us to follow Him today, and to follow Him still means the same things—commitment, devotion, sacrifice. But the blessings continue to outweigh the challenges, and accepting Jesus’ invitation still has the power to change lives.
Have you accepted the Lord’s invitation? If so, how has it changed your life?
Don’t forget to pray and have a great day!