“And Jesus turned and saw them following, and said to them, ‘What do you seek?’ They said to Him, ‘Rabbi (which translated means Teacher), where are You staying?’ He *said to them, ‘Come, and you will see.’” (John 1:38–39, NAS95)
Standing with some of his disciples, John saw Jesus again and just blurted out, “the Lamb of God.” Jesus had no fame. People had no awareness of Him or His uniqueness. John did, because God had spoken directly to him about Jesus.
In any case, two of John’s disciples went after Jesus and followed him. Hunger. Jesus noticed and asked, what I consider a profound question: “What do you seek?” “What do you desire?” I love the conversation because the disciples couldn’t or wouldn’t answer the question directly. Oh, I bet they knew what they wanted, maybe they couldn’t articulate it, but it had to do with God, and they at least thought Jesus might know something. They replied to Jesus with an astute and insightful question: “Where are you staying?”
I love this question. It speaks of time and presence, a desire to be with Jesus—even though they had no idea who He was or that He’d spent most His life until then as a carpenter’s son. Remember, fame had not come to Jesus, yet. No one knew Him as famous. John had only called Him the “Lamb of God,” indicating He might have a significant role in God’s plan, but who knew at that time.
Jesus’ profoundly hospitable reply simply invited them in: “Come and see.” I hear the invitation of God—come in, let’s chat, let’s share what’s really in our hearts. Yes, “our hearts.” The disciples desired something yet unclear. Jesus wanted to introduce them to the wonder, love and interaction of God the Father. Wisdom. Knowing God defines wisdom and life. The disciples got to see the fruit of that wisdom in Jesus’ life and lifestyle with God. I call that a gift.
God has had this verse lingering in my mind of recent. He’s caused me to see and notice that I have experienced the hospitality of the “Come and see” in my own life. That invitation to be with Jesus has had profound implications for my life, my marriage, my parenting and ministry. I love what I have seen, heard and experienced in my relationship with God as a result. Gratefulness cannot describe it sufficiently. I came to stay when I met Jesus, and His wisdom transformed my life from fearful to flourishing. “Come and see,” as an invitation, allowed me to receive the hospitality of God and grow in His wisdom for life.
Warmly in Christ, Doug Mitts
“Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being, and in the hidden part you will make me know wisdom.” (Psalm 51:6, NAS95)
Which spiritual disciplines develop your ability to abide in God’s hospitality?
In what sort of circumstances do you most often hear the wisdom of God interacting with you during the day?