Memberships matter. Who we connect up with tells a lot about who we are, what we value, and what others can expect from us.
The call to discipleship is pretty simple: Join Jesus!
The call is there for you right now. These next moments could reveal a lot about who you are, because of who you choose to be related to.
The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.” Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.”
When have you been surprised to find out where something came from? I recently saw a TV show about people who found old items in their attic that were extremely valuable. They had no idea that something that looked old and worn out was worth large sums of money! Treasures were located where no one expected to find them.
When Philip told his friend Nathanael that he was going to follow Jesus, Nathanael questioned his friend’s decision. He asked if anything good could come from Nazareth, since this was a small, unimpressive town, the last place people would expect the Savior of the world to live. The people were waiting for a Messiah who would be a powerful king to deliver them from their troubles.
Philip followed Jesus anyway and told his friend to see for himself! We are also encouraged to come and see Jesus. While friends can tell us about their relationship with Christ, when we develop a relationship with God ourselves, we can hear how we too are called to follow God in new ways.
Dear God, thank you for speaking to me in unexpected ways, and for bringing joy in new places. Amen.
For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you should follow in his steps.
1 Peter 2:21