35 The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. 36 When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!” 37 When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. 38 Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?” They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?” 39 “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. 40 Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. 41 The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). 42 And he brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which, when translated, is Peter).
I love the flow of “seeker, friend, follower, and worker” seen so clearly in this passage. Jesus calls out to the “seekers”, “what do you want?” v38. Such a loving invitation by Jesus to meet us and help us in whatever state He finds us. His invitation to “friendship” with Him is next – not on our merit but simply through our faith when we decide to say “yes” to His call, “come and see (for yourself)” (v39. See also Psalm 34:8). Next comes the counting of the cost of following v37. What will it cost me if I become a “follower” of Jesus? Yet, how could I not? This is the Messiah we’re talking about here -the “God with us”, Emanuel, is actually right here with us. And lastly, “worker” – who can I introduce to Jesus? v42. Who in my world is crying out to hear the close-by God say with immeasurable love, “what do you want?” And so the flow starts again – the seeker becomes a friend of Jesus, who becomes a follower, and then a worker – to help more seekers find Jesus.
Where are you in the flow? Will you decide today to be a worker for God’s Kingdom?
Jesus, how could I ever turn away from you now. Today, I will jump in the river and join the flow. Make me a worker that brings seekers to you.
Written by Boudy Van Noppen