John 1:46 NIV – “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked.
“Come and see,” said Philip.
As Christians, rather than hoping for things or outcomes, we are to “meet Hope as a person.” This miraculous personal encounter with Jesus gives us our life’s calling—hope. It’s easy to become dismissive of things that sound too good to be true. After all, who wants to be known as being gullible?
What’s wrong with Nazareth? Did it have a bad reputation? Did Nathanael come from a rival town? Has he heard this “sales pitch” before? Why dismiss this possibility outright? We’re not sure. But what we do know is that this know-it-all attitude nearly cost Nathanael an encounter of a lifetime. Thankfully his feet didn’t refuse the invitation to “come and see.”
In retrospect, Nathanael himself probably couldn’t explain why he accepted Philip’s challenge. But something drew him inexplicably, irresistibly. It’s only through the Spirit’s leading and power that we can find this life’s hope, Jesus.
Can anything good come from waking up early for morning prayer meeting? Can anything good come from spending thirty minutes reading God’s word in the middle of a busy day? Can anything good come from fasting to seek God’s direction? Can anything good come from joining a small group and being accountable to other Christians? Can anything good come from giving generously to those who are undeserving? Come and see…
Prayer: Lord, fill me, lead me, guide me with your Spirit. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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