Jesus is gathering His disciples. One by one, they encounter Him and follow Him. Philip runs to find Nathanael.
"We have found the one about whom Moses wrote in the law." (John 1:45)
He goes to Jesus, and in their exchange, Nathanael realizes that this man is the man whom the prophets spoke about. All of history and revelation culminates in this Jesus of Nazareth. Philip has led Nathanael to the greatest gift.
Discipleship is a beautiful thing. But on the ground, what does that work look like? I think it looks a lot like what Philip did for Nathanael. He ran to his friend not just to tell him about finding the Messiah. He runs to his friend and says “come and see.” He takes him back to Jesus. This is what discipleship looks like. Come and see.
When I have turned away from God in drastic or slight ways, I have been fortunate enough to have friends who were courageous enough to say to me “come and see.” They’ve led me back to the source of Truth and Beauty. They have called me out when I have been wrong. They have lovingly spoken truth to me when I most needed to hear it. There have been times in my life where I have had the opportunity to be the one who has run to a dear friend and said “I have found the one . . . come and see.” This is discipleship. Leading each other over and over again to Jesus of Nazareth.
Sister, how can you lead others to God?
Jacqueline Skemp is a daughter, sister, wife, and mother who endures living in Minnesota after leaving California for her one true love. You can find out more about her here.