So, I was reading the Gospel according to John this afternoon and was struck by three things in John 1:43-45
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 of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”
First – Jesus made a decision.
If ever there was a lesson that Christians needed to learn, this is one of them… Make a decision. Time and time again I meet Christians who love Jesus, who pray, who seek to glorify God, and who just can’t make decisions. Now, I am not saying that one should flippantly make decisions, especially major life decisions, but at the end of the day you have to make the call. So, pray, submit you plans to God and to people you trusts, and for goodness sake make a decision.
Second – Jesus found Philip.
In some ways this relates to what I just mentioned. See, Jesus’ decision to go to Galilee was not arbitrary… instead, he was on a mission that involved finding a very specific person. And guess what, Jesus found him.
Third – Philip got it wrong.
We always do this… Jesus does something and we try to take credit for it. Clearly Jesus found Philip. However, moments after this encounter we see ‘ole Phil running to tell his friend Nate about what had just happened and he says, “We have found…” Sorry Phil, Jesus found you. That’s just the way it is.
So, the take-away… Make a decision, fulfill your mission, and stop taking credit for Jesus’ work.