12/5/2014

The Invitation

John 1:45-46 “45Philip found Nathanael and said to him, ‘We have found Him of whom Moses in the Law and also the Prophets wrote— Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.’ 46Nathanael said to him, ‘Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?’ Philip said to him, ‘Come and see.’” (NASB)

How do you reply when someone rejects your testimony? What do you say when they look at your church and say “No good can come of religion!”?

It’s not an easy position to be in. As people of faith, who know God and walk with Him daily, the tendency is to immediately jump to His defense. We want to prove our faith, defend our God, and convince people of the truth we have come to know.

Yet maybe what we are called to do is not to enter into an intellectual argument. Maybe, just maybe, we need to do exactly what Phillip did.

Notice he wasn’t casting down judgment, he wasn’t attempting to bring shame or guilt, and he wasn’t trying to convince Nathanael of the error of his way. How did Philip reply?

“Come and see.”

How would such a reply change the way people view your testimony? What would our church look like if our response to those who doubt was simply “Come and see”?