Daily Devotion, 2/19/18, “Give Them Who They’re Looking For”
“Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the festival. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. ‘Sir,’ they said, ‘we would like to see Jesus.” John 12:20-21 NIV
You can’t blame them, can you? These Greeks, like so many others, had heard how Jesus healed with compassion and taught with authority. They had heard how He stood up for the people who no one else would stand up for. They had heard that He had even brought people back from the dead. Of course, they wanted to meet Him!
I think people still want to meet Him today. A pastor friend sent me an encouraging text yesterday morning before our early service started in which he prayed, “May God surround you all and grant you His Presence.” Most people who visit our churches want to encounter God, they want to meet Jesus. I texted back my thanks to my friend for the prayers and said rhetorically, “Without His presence, what’s the point?” It’s the same when we’re outside of church. We’re around people every day who have heard about Jesus and what He did. Many of them are skeptical, but almost all of them want to believe. Some of them are hurting and are in need of His healing. Some of them are confused and are in need of His counsel. I could go on but the point is that they all need to meet Jesus. He’s the One they’re looking for even if they don’t know it.
As you think about this day and who you will spend this day with, how will Jesus be seen through you? At home with your family, at work with your co-workers, at school with your classmates…what would it look like for you to “give them Jesus?” I don’t think those in your circle who are far from God are looking for perfect people or perfect churches. I think most of them are just looking for Jesus. May they see Him in you and meet Him through you. You are loved!