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Come and See

I find that I am incredibly gifted at becoming negative or thinking negatively about an upcoming event, conversation, or whatever else is on my schedule.

It is easy for us to sink into being critical or cynical about life and different situations.

This mentality even begins to seep into our faith and view of God.

There is an interesting story in the gospel of John where one of the first apostles is initially negative towards the idea of Jesus.

Philip begins to follow Jesus and this quickly leads to him having a conversation with a man named Nathanael. Philip is beyond excited because he has discovered that Jesus is the long-awaited Messiah and Savior. So he invites Nathanael to follow Jesus too. 

But Nathanael is not impressed.

'Nathanael said to him, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" John 1:46

Essentially, are you serious? Are you really going to waste my time with that guy? What good can come from that town?

How often we respond the same way when someone brings up God, church, prayer, Bible study, or having conversations about Jesus with others.

What good could possibly come from believing in God?

What good could possibly come from going to church today?

What good will that prayer do?

What good will it do me to read the Bible?

What good could come out of having that conversation with them?

And on and on we could go with so many things in life. Can anything good come out of...

But I love Philip's kind response. He simply invites Nathanael again.

Philip said to him, "Come and see." ' John 1:46

So the next time you or someone you know are scoffing; just remember Philip's words:

Come and see...what God can do for you

Come and God answers prayers

Come and see...what Word God has for your life

Come and see...what Jesus can do for your relationship

Come and see

In Between the Weeks

As the weekend approaches there is usually an excitement of looking forward to different activities, dates, or just relaxing for most people.

At the same time there can be an underlying stress as we think about the week that just went by and the week that is to come.

There are things we are trying to wrap up, things that went undone in the previous week, and things that we are already starting to stress about before next week even starts.

How do we find a way to rest and recharge during the
in-between days of the weeks?

The answer is found in who your king is.

The Old Testament was originally written in Hebrew, and in the Hebrew Bible the last book is 2 Chronicles. 2 Chronicles ends with a great king named Cyrus ruling most of the world at the time. Cyrus looks around at his kingdom and declares:

"The Lord , the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth" 2 Chronicles 36:23

While it is true that God had given Cyrus this massive kingdom, Cyrus began to think that this meant he was in charge and in control of everything. What Cyrus failed to realize is that God was till in control of everything.

We often fall into the same mindset. We think, "God has given me this life, therefore I am in charge and in control."

It is hard to let go of the mindset that I am in charge and I am in control.

The good news of Jesus is the freedom that is found when we realize that we aren't in charge and we aren't in control.

At the end of Matthew, Jesus declares: 

"All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me."
Matthew 28:18

Cyrus is not charge after all. Jesus is.

You are not in control after all. Jesus is.

You can rest and relax this weekend because Jesus was in control last week and He will still be in control next week.