Gospel, John 1:43-51

43 The next day, after Jesus had decided to leave for Galilee, he met Philip and said, ‘Follow me.’

44 Philip came from the same town, Bethsaida, as Andrew and Peter.

45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, ‘We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph, from Nazareth.’

46 Nathanael said to him, ‘From Nazareth? Can anything good come from that place?’ Philip replied, ‘Come and see.’

47 When Jesus say Nathanael coming he said of him, ‘There, truly, is an Israelite in whom there is no deception.’

48 Nathanael asked, ‘How do you know me?  ‘Jesus replied, ‘Before Philip came to call you, I saw you under the fig tree.’

49 Nathanael answered, ‘Rabbi, you are the Son of God, you are the king of Israel.’

50 Jesus replied, ‘You believe that just because I said: I saw you under the fig tree. You are going to see greater things than that.’

51 And then he added, ‘In all truth I tell you, you will see heaven open and the angels of God ascending and descending over the Son of man.’

 

My personal thoughts as I read this Gospel today.  

Sometimes, Jesus comes to find us directly as he did with Philip.  He comes to us and moves us from our place of comfort and asks us to grow deeper in love with Him, to get closer to Him, to strengthen our relationship we have or at least should have with Him.  Jesus will call upon us directly for our participation in following Him.

Just as often the Lord of Lord may also call upon someone else to indirectly move us closer to Him.   Jesus worked through Philip to move Nathanael closer to Him.  When Nathanael was told of Jesus and was asked by Philip to “follow me”, Philip said are you crazy, nothing good comes from Nazareth.  He resisted to some extend but in the end was moved by Jesus through Nathanael.

Next time someone is speaking to us about Christ, perhaps we should stop to listen for a moment and not resist so much.  Perhaps just ask for His guidance and move even closer to Him.

 

What are your thoughts?  Please comment below.

 

4 thoughts on “Follow Me

  1. Great teaching you at trying to make here. How we are called either directly or indirectly. Again, great story and I love the teaching. I am a staunch Christian and love stories like this.
    Do you have a personal story about God moving in your life? I love hearing how God pulls people closer to them.
    Thanks for the page. I will bookmark it and check back later for more stories.
    Thanks

    1. Thanks so much Bill for the great comment. We are always happy to hear from our visitors.
      Yes, I heard this story and had to make it public, it is good.
      Of course, I do have several stories where God has moved me closer to him. I think every body does. I should perhaps come up with a post that shows some of those God Moments.
      Thanks for the idea.
      Please come back anytime Bill, and leave me a comment. Great comment and we will see you soon.
      God Bless
      Bob

  2. Hello, I do like this post as well. I was called once by God, I knew it was him, there was no denying it, I didn’t even question it, I knew it was God, beyond belief. What he said to me was very personal at the time but it changed my whole life. I often think about what would have happened if I did not move on what God told me to do.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Jamey and leaving a wonderful comment.
      I am so glad that you got the opportunity to feel the love of God and to see how He can work in your life. I know what you mean by the feeling of “no denying” it was God.
      I too have had God speak to me in that way, and it was amazing.
      Thanks so much for the wonderful comment.
      God Bless,
      Bob

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