John 1:38-39

Too often, we want God to do it our way. We want Him to agree with us, to back us, to step in for what we feel is important. We want him to work from our limited point-of-view. If this is how we are thinking, we’ve got it all wrong. 

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?” 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.  – John 1:38-39, ESV

John pointed his disciples towards Jesus. They immediately began following. Jesus turned and asked them what they were seeking. Note their words. They wanted to go where Jesus was going. They didn’t ask Jesus to go with them. Jesus extended an invite and they took it. 

Too often Jesus is preached as showing up where we are. Given that God is omnipresent, this is partially correct. However, the unstated implication is often that Jesus is following after us, chasing us down. When I hear Jesus preached about in this manner, I get a visual image of a puppy trying to follow its owner. And this is completely backwards. 

We are to pursue after Jesus. Jesus isn’t that puppy; we are. We must go to where He is and meet Him on His terms. Part of that is to throw off sin. Another aspect is to put Him first. But more importantly our heart’s focus should be on loving and obeying Him. He does not exist for us. We exist for Him. Any other teaching is, bluntly, heretical. This is why John was sent: He was preparing the people to meet God on His terms, not theirs. 

Now, there is great reward to pursuing after Jesus. I don’t mean rewards based on earthly standards, but eternal ones. We will see God at work. We will be able to join Him in that work. We will experience true and lasting joy. There are so many promises in Scripture for those who doggedly, devotedly chase after Jesus. 

Are you lookin for Jesus to come after you? Then you’ve got it wrong. Race after Him. Run towards Him. Meet our Savior on His terms. And embrace the promises of a relationship with the Christ, the Son of God. 

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