“The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, ‘Follow me.’. . . . Philip found Nathanael and said to him, ‘We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.’” (John 1:43, 45, NRSV)
When Megan and I first moved to Tidewater, we faced the challenge that so many people face when they move to a new area. Where do we take the car for repairs? What doctor should we use for our child? What restaurants should we avoid?
We asked around and people were happy to share their recommendations for auto shops, doctors, and restaurants.
We do that well, don’t we? When you find the right mechanic, you tell others about it. When you find the right doctor for your child, you tell others about it. When you read a great book, see a great movie or television show, you tell others about it.
But what about church?
Do you tell others about the great church you’ve found?
In our day and time, we are too often skittish about talking church or inviting others to church. We do not want to risk offending someone or making them uncomfortable. We say things like, “I’d like for you to join me at worship sometime.” And leave it at that.
The verses for today remind us that people come to know Jesus because of friends. Philip is called by Jesus to follow him. Then he goes and finds his friend Nathanael, who in verse 46 questions if anything good can come from Nazareth. Nathanael joins Philip in his journey. Why? Because Nathanael trusts his friend.
People still come to know Jesus because of friends.
Who are the people in your life? Who are your close friends? Who are your co-workers? Who are your neighbors? Who are the people you engage in conversation on a regular basis?
You already have a presence in their lives. It may be a small presence, but remember, little is much in the hands of Christ.
Who has been Philip to you? Who is your Nathanael?
Lord, thank you for the friends in our lives who have invited us into this journey called faith. May we do the same for others. Amen.