“Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, ‘What are you seeking?’ And they said to him, ‘Rabbi’ (which means teacher), ‘where are you staying?’ He said to them, ‘Come and you will see.’ So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour. One of the two who heard John speak and followed Jesus was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, ‘We have found the Messiah (which means Christ). He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, ‘So you are Simon, the son of John? You shall be called Cephas (which means Peter).” John 1:38-42
This is a continuation of my last post. Notice that Jesus doesn’t give them details about where they are going, he just says “Come with me and see.” They learn from him, and immediately Andrew tells somebody else about Jesus — his brother Simon, who becomes Peter, the rock of the church.
Obedience has results. Immediate results(they got to know Jesus) and long term results(they introduced Peter, who played a significant role in God’s plan). I can certainly see the same kind of results in my own life. I’m a very shy person, but following Jesus has led me to do things I would never have been able to without the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. I teach adult Sunday School, I’ve lead retreats and workshops, I am even able to put some details of my personal life and struggles out there for others in this blog! I’ve been able to use my gifts for God, and I think I’ve encouraged others to do the same. I’ve been blessed and I hope those around me have been blessed by my obedience, even though it has often been slow and grudging. Maybe one day, when I die and am judged, I’ll see the really long term results of my obedience and also my disobedience. I’m sure I’ll be amazed at what obedience has done, and dismayed to see what those times of disobedience led to.
What about you? Have you been willing to “come and see”? Are you just beginning the journey? Or have you been on the road for years? Bloggers, please write, and readers please comment. I want to hear your story.