What (or who) are you looking at?

Have you noticed that when you stare up at the sky, down at your feet, or even across the lawn, people will notice and ask, “What are you looking at?” The Bible tells us that we should be looking not at an object, but a person — Jesus. In the book of Hebrews, we read:

“And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.” Hebrews 12:1-2

If we spend our days looking at Jesus and trying to follow His example, others will notice. They will want to know what it is that motivates you, what gives you strength. This is an opportunity to issue the invitation that we also find in the Bible — “Come and see.” We find an example of this in the book of John. It starts with looking — John the Baptist looks at Jesus:

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!” John 1:39

This gets the attention of some of his disciples, and they respond this way:

” When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus.” John 1:37 

Jesus then issues an invitation:

“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 they spent that day with him. It was about four in the afternoon.” John 1:38-39

Sometimes, that’s all it takes. Look at Jesus and answer the questions of those around you with a simple invitation. Jesus will do the rest.

For more about evangelism see these posts:

Evangelism–Thinking Outside the Box

resuscitating evangelism by Jordan Easley and Ernest Easley–Book Review

Mercy Ministry & Evangelism — Fanning the Flame CD