The following day Jesus wanted to go to Galilee, and He found Philip and said to Him, Follow Me. John 1:43 NKJV
Philip did not expect to meet the Messiah that day. He had no idea he would become a disciple of Jesus Christ.
Phillip referred to Jesus in human terms but declared He was the person spoken of by Moses and the prophets. Phillip believed Jesus was the Messiah. Phillip believed Jesus was calling him. He responded in faith. Philip shared the Lord with Nathanael.
Jesus saw Nathanael and said, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit!” 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.”
Nathanael answered and said to Jesus, “Rabbi, You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” Jesus answered and said to Him, “Because I said to you, I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe? You will see greater things that these.”
God used Philip to tell Nathanael about Jesus. He gave Philip the faith, willingness and boldness to declare the truth to Nathanael. Like Philip Nathaniel responded with the faith the Lord had already given Him!
Nathanael did not respond in faith because Jesus said to Him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you”, but because Jesus had already prepared His heart!
If you know the Lord it is because Jesus called you. He has given you the faith to follow, serve, love and worship Him. You did not save yourself. Neither did I!
The Lord wants us to tell other people about Jesus so that He can save them. Our ministry is to share the truth with people!
We cannot argue convince or bribe people into the Kingdom of God. We are not responsible for any other person’s response to the call to follow Jesus. Everyone must choose for themselves to answer the call to follow Jesus!
God gives us the opportunity and great joy of sharing the good news. He does not hold us accountable for decisions others make. We can share the good news that Jesus made a way for us to spend eternity in the presence of God without fear guilt or shame!
We can go forth as servants of God without fear of failure or condemnation! It is the Lord who prepares a person’s heart for salvation! It is the Lord who calls people out of the darkness of unbelief into the light of His love!
Jesus loves us so much He allows us to participate as He restores His creation one heart and soul at a time. Follow the commandment to make disciples for Jesus Christ. Leave the results of your service to God. Jesus will save them!
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