by Debbie Wilson
Imagine being with Jesus and Him asking you, “What do you want?” How would you answer Him? Andrew’s story in John 1:26-42 made me wonder how I’d respond.
Andrew Tells His Story
I looked where John pointed. He’d told us many times about the One who would come after him. He’d pointed him out to us yesterday, and now he pointed to him again.
Sometimes John spoke in riddles. But today when he said, “This is the one I meant when I said, ‘A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me,’” my heart burned. The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world; the long-awaited Messiah; the Eternal One, was passing by.
What should I do? I didn’t want to leave John, but I felt compelled to follow Jesus.
John seemed to read my thoughts. His eyes looked into mine. He jerked his beard toward Jesus, and I knew he was bidding me to go. I elbowed my buddy, and we took off.
Jesus heard us approaching and turned toward us. “What do you want?”
What did we want? To know Him? To see what He was like? But we didn’t voice that. Instead we said, “Teacher, where are you staying?”
Really? We’re meeting the Messiah and all we can come up with was, “Where are you staying?”
Jesus overlooked our bumbling and graciously replied, “Come, and see.”
We did. Jesus spent the whole day with us. Afterward, I couldn’t wait to bring my brother Simon to meet Jesus.
What Do You Want?
I wonder if Andrew and the other disciple were tongue-tied when Jesus turned to them. Or maybe they were showing polite interest like when we meet someone and ask where they’re from. Or were they feeling Jesus out, in hopes they could spend time with Him?
How I would have answered Jesus? Would I have said, “I want to spend time with You and know You better”? Verses that say God answers my prayers prompt me to make a Christmas- like list, naming what I want from Jesus. But Andrew and his companion didn’t ask Jesus for anything. They just wanted to know Him.
Jesus said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied” (Matthew 5:6 NASB). He also said, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty” (John 6:35 NIV). Those who hunger for Jesus, who is our righteousness, find real contentment.
“If you live in me and what I say lives in you, then ask for anything you want, and it will be yours” (John 15:7 GW).
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About the author: Drawing from her walk with Christ, and years as a Christian counselor, coach, and Bible teacher, Debbie W. Wilson helps women give themselves a break so they can enjoy fruitful and grace-filled lives. She is the author of Little Women, Big God and Give Yourself a Break. Her latest book, Little Faith, Big God, was released in February 2020.
Debbie and her husband Larry founded and run Lighthouse Ministries, a nonprofit counseling, coaching, and Bible study ministry. She is an AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association) certified speaking and writing coach. Debbie enjoys a good mystery, dark chocolate, and the antics of her two standard poodles. Refresh your faith with free resources at debbieWwilson.com.
Join the conversation: Have you considered how you would answer Jesus’ question? What do you want from Him?