by Kathy Collard Miller @KathyCMiller
Picture for a moment you are at a large conference. You are hungering to speak with the famous speaker who has already made a difference in your life through one presentation. During a break, you fearfully head to the front of the auditorium. You’re thinking, What do I say? Am I intruding?
We can assume Andrew and John had similar feelings the day they first saw Jesus, recorded in John 1. They had been standing with John the Baptizer, who, upon seeing Jesus, announced Him to them by saying, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” Upon hearing who Jesus was, they began to follow Him.
Jesus turned and saw them following. He asked them, “What do you seek?”
John the Apostle uses the Greek word theasamenos for “saw.” This word indicates more than a disinterested glance. It means looking closely and perceiving. Put another way, Jesus’s eyes bore into them. Both men must have felt like their souls were revealed and known.
Then Jesus asked, “What are you seeking?” Again, the wording is so powerful. In our world, this word “seeking” would be like asking “What are you searching for? What do you think will meet your needs? What are your expectations? What do you value?” Such words pointed to a heavy-duty examination of their motives. Jesus knew His Father had chosen them for the kingdom, so He went deep.
They replied, “Where are you staying?” “Stay” means remain or abide. They wanted to get to know Him and spend time with Him. Ironically, it would be a two-way street. Abiding with Him now would mean He would abide in them forever (through the Holy Spirit). But that indwelling would come after the resurrection.
Jesus welcomed them warmly, seeing that they were in touch with their deep needs. Unlike so many who might come to Jesus looking for instant gratification through healing or solving their problem, these men were looking for a long-term relationship. In an approachable manner, Jesus answered, “Come and you will see.” The theme of “seeing” continues. They are seen, and now they will see.
Jesus does the same for us. He initiates an awareness of our need, and as our spiritual eyes are opened, we “see” the need of continuing relationship. He welcomes us in order to reveal the longing of our hearts. We yearn to be loved, appreciated, approved, and respected. No one but God can fill that hole. He welcomes our quest to “see” and looks for us to surrender to the ways He wants to meet them.
During times of need, I love to meditate on this story which points to Jesus’s close attention to His loved ones’ inner beings and the longings only He can satisfy. In response, God often directs His people to minister to us. How wonderful we are assured heaven will meet all our needs, because we have been welcomed by Jesus. Even when He sees and totally knows us, the good, the bad, and the ugly, He will not turn us away.
Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28 NASB
About the author: Kathy Collard Miller loves to assure God’s people of His welcoming nature. Her own experience of being overwhelmed by abusive anger toward her toddler convinced her Jesus could no longer “welcome” her as His daughter. But God pursued and persevered the healing of her heart and her family. Kathy has more than 55 published books and has spoken in more than 35 US States and 9 foreign countries. Visit her at www.KathyCollardMiller.com
Kathy’s most recent book is God’s Intriguing Questions: 60 New Testament Devotions Revealing Jesus’s Nature from which this devotion is excerpted. Kathy and her husband, Larry, of 50 years, co-wrote God’s Intriguing Questions.
Join the conversation: In what recent way did God reveal He knows you from the inside out? Or what Scripture assures you of that?