Sunday, August 14, 2011
Manna from John
(ESV) John 1:35 The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples, 36 and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God!" 37 The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. 38 Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, "What are you seeking?" And they said to him, "Rabbi" (which means Teacher), "where are you staying?" 39 He said to them, "Come and you will see." So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour.
This is almost a spiritual baton passing from John to Jesus. John had fulfilled his role in preparing the Jews through repentance, which is always the first step to Jesus. But the real interesting thing here is the immediate following of Jesus by John's disciples. They didn't merely just follow him, they went to stay with him for a time. I struggle with the immediate following sometimes. I think I know what I am supposed to be doing, but then I sometimes second guess it. I look for some confirmation, when I should just say yes to Him. I am not alone there, many people do the same thing and miss out on the Holy Spirit's enabling to do things that maybe we aren't good at.
God has been working in interesting ways in my life. He has shown me that too often I chalk up any spiritual success to my own ability and steal God's glory. God wants to use my weaknesses to help others because I know that He had to enable me to do it and He will get the glory. That reliance on God to do His work is exactly where he wants all of us. We have to quit worrying about failing when its God doing the work through us. The only catch is to make sure that we are walking with Him enough to know the difference between last nights pizza and the Holy Spirit's prompting. Spending time with the Shepard is how the sheep learn his voice.