FOR TUESDAY *TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING: John 12:20-36
Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” (John 12:20-21; New Revised Standard Version)
I find it interesting that these Greeks who came up to Philip were on their way to worship when they made this request: “Sir, we wish to see Jesus”. They did not ask for more information about the man Jesus. They weren’t interested so much in joining a class (even if it has the name “Seekers Class” which kind of sounds like them). They certainly didn’t want to be asked to join a committee! They simply wanted to “see Jesus”, to experience Jesus personally, “to really see him, person to person, face to face” [davidlose.net].
I wonder, if these guys (or gals) were coming to our congregation to worship with us today (instead of at the Passover Festival in Jerusalem) would their request be granted? Would they have a personal experience with Jesus when they meet us? When they watch how we act with others, especially those who have been so mistreated by the world, would they see Jesus? When they hear us talking, when we don’t realize that they are listening in on what we are saying to our friends, would they hear things that would sound like Jesus? When they look at the expressions on our faces, would they sense the joy of Jesus there?
I hope we’re not put on the defensive in hearing such questions. Instead, let us seek to open our hearts more to the Spirit of Jesus. Then we don’t have to so much be watchful of all we say and do, we’ll just simply live out of what’s in our heart – a heart filled with Jesus.
PRAYER: Holy Spirit, draw us more deeply into the kingdom of God through our love for, service to, and sacrifice on behalf of those around us. Amen.
*The Scripture Reading for each day is selected from the Revised Common Daily Lectionary used in A Disciple’s Journal – 2015 by Steven W. Manskar]