Scripture Reading: John 1:35-51
Then John’s two disciples turned and followed Jesus. Jesus looked around and saw them following, “What do you want?” he asked them. (John 1:37-38 NLT)
The question that Jesus asked the two disciples of John who were following him was almost identical to the question that he asked the blind beggar along the road to Jericho, “What do you want me to do for you?” (Luke 18:41) As he turned to the ones following him he asked, “What do you want?” (Jn. 1:37-38)
When I come to the Lord, whether in prayer or reading of his word, I need to ask myself the same question, “What am I seeking?” Am I coming to him seeking material or spiritual blessings? What is my greatest need today? Is it greater knowledge, fellowship, understanding, assurance, or forgiveness? What is motivating me to approach his throne?
What did the disciples who followed Jesus want from him? What were they seeking? Jesus obviously wanted to know what was on their hearts. That’s why he asked the question, “What do you want?”
The disciples asked, “Where are you staying?” A time may come when we’ll really need you and we want to know how to get in touch with you. Do you have a 911 emergency number? Are you available 24/7, or do we need to take a number and wait in line? They needed to know whether Jesus would make himself accessible in time of need.
Jesus responded by saying, “Come and see!” The invitation is given for John and Andrew to become partakers of his life’s work. The same invitation comes to you and me to join his team of harvest workers. Jesus told his disciples, “The harvest is so great, but the workers are so few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest, ask him to send out more workers for his fields.” (Mt. 9:37,38 NLT)
There is a greater need for more workers today than ever before. Many missionaries are serving well beyond their retirement years and the work isn’t getting any easier. We need young people who will commit their lives to Christ, and older people who are willing to mentor them. The lure for the almighty dollar is a tremendous detriment to the work of missions today. The culture shouts that making lots of money is the road to happiness, but is that the purpose for which God has created us?
What are you seeking? Is it to be a harvest worker? Are you willing to give up the luxuries of this life to follow the Savior? Will you give Jesus your time, energy, and abilities to meet the needs of the worldwide harvest? Jesus is still saying to you, “Come and see!”