Most times in life, we find ourselves face-to-face with these words, especially when in disagreement. The mention by us or others puts a boundary to one’s involvement and its deepness.
John 1:35-42 The Passion Translation
35–36 The very next day, John was there again with two of his disciples as Jesus was walking right past them. John, gazing upon him, pointed to Jesus and said, “Look! There’s God’s Lamb!” 37 And as soon as John’s two disciples heard this, they immediately left John and began to follow a short distance behind Jesus.
38 Then Jesus turned around and saw they were following him and asked, “What do you want?” [a] They responded, “Rabbi (which means, Master Teacher[b]), where are you staying?” [c] 39 Jesus answered, “Come and discover for yourselves.” So they went with him and saw where he was staying, and since it was late in the afternoon, they spent the rest of the day with Jesus.
40–41 One of the two disciples who heard John’s words and began to follow Jesus was a man named Andrew. He went and found his brother, Simon, and told him, “We have found the Anointed One!” (Which is translated, the Christ.) 42 Then Andrew brought Simon to meet him. When Jesus gazed upon Andrew’s brother, he prophesied to him, “You are Simon, and your father’s name is John.But from now on, you will be called Cephas” (which means Peter the Rock).
From the above bible verse, we see Andrew hearing his master John the Baptist, say, “Here is the messiah, “Without hesitation, he turns and follows Jesus. Surprisingly unlike other disciples where Jesus directly asked them to follow him here, we see Jesus asks Andrew and the other disciple, “What do you want. ”
I want us to pause and reflect on the question. “What do you want? ”
Taking an in-depth evaluation of self, why do you want to follow Jesus? Is it so that we get something for ourselves? For our ministry, Career, Marriage? Is it only for answers to prayer? Or do we want to be with him?
Andrew’s answer was, “I want to know where you live.” Jesus accepts, and we are told they end up staying the whole evening at Jesus’ place.
When I think about John’s answer and Jesus’ instant acceptance to join him at his home (“Happy place”), I think of my “happy place” and wonder if I would do the same.
Like me, most of us do not invite people to our homes unless we already have or plan to form a relationship. I send an invitation only to those I have a personal relationship with or look towards building one. Andrew wanted to know Jesus deeply, so he desired to see his place. And once there, he remained/abide in his presence to the point where he was able to know with certainty that his brother Simon Peter needed to meet Jesus. Simon Peter ended up being the rock for the early church from which you and I received the Gospel to bring us here today.
Thank God we do not have to travel, as Andrew did because Jesus lives in US. He is calling you and me to go back and reconnect with HIM in US. Yes, my reader Lets go back and Abide in HIM in US.
John 15:4 The Passion Translation
4 So you must remain in life-union with me, for I remain in life-union with you. For as a branch severed from the vine will not bear fruit, so your life will be fruitless unless you live your life intimately joined to mine.
Anytime we choose to seek intimacy with God by sitting at his feet to gain his heart and thought on all matters, extraordinary results are guaranteed.
The word of God asks us to work out our salvation.
Salvation is a personal relationship with God and shouldn’t be delegated.
What has the Lord told you to do during this time of abiding in his presence?
Lest you forget, It’s here that we get directions to our life’s journey, which career we need to choose, which employer to choose? What department to be part of? How to bring glory to God at our workplace? Etc.
To go higher in life, you must go deeper in God.
Deep calls to Deep.