…….. Church growth tip
Again the next day John was standing with two of his disciples, and he looked at Jesus as He walked and said. “Behold, the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. And Jesus turned and saw them following, and said to them, “What do you seek?” They said to Him, “Rabbi, where are You staying?” He said to the, “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. One of the two who heard Jesus speak and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He found first his own brother Simon and said to him. “We have found the Messiah (Christ). He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John; you shall be called Cephas.” …….“Follow ME.”.…….. Nathanael said to Him, ‘”How do You know me?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” John 1:35-48
When we speak do people follow Jesus or us? and they followed Jesus
When Jesus asked what (not who (m)) do you seek, notice they answered ‘where are YOU staying’. Even at that early stage they wanted HIM.
NOW this is the key: When they found where He was they stayed. Now notice what happened after being (not been) with Jesus, perhaps, for just a few hours. We read Andrew then went and found his own brother!
We notice in this short chapter that first Jesus says ‘what’ do you want. When we answer with a ‘who’ and not a what, then we ‘see’ him and ‘hear’ him saying, ‘come’ and after being in His presence we cannot stop ourselves from ‘went’ ….. ‘going to tell’!
When we truly see/know Jesus as the “Rabbi, You are the Son of God; You are the King of Israel (that person we have been born/waiting for)” ………. we begin to ‘see greater things than these’.
John is an amazing book that reveals to us Jesus, Church growth and personal growth (which is not growing older but growing up in Jesus).
If we don’t don’t manifest (see/know) His presence (HIS LIFE) in our lives and churches we might still be the best communicator, we might still have the best worship team, have the best and biggest building with the most people but we might not have His life or His church and they might be following us and not Jesus.
The two disciples heard him (us) speak and they followed Jesus!
What an awesome privilege to be able to say ‘Behold the Lamb’ and to be on this earth and to be called the Church!