“He said to them, ’Come and see.’ They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon.” vs. 39
According to John’s gospel, when the two disciples, Andrew and his unnamed buddy, asked where Jesus was staying, he invited them to come with him and “hang out” for the day. And so they did…and came away impressed! Whatever Jesus did or said was enough to convince them that he was the long awaited messiah…and they became his followers. The key to understanding their commitment can be found in the word “remained.” It’s mentioned again in chapter 8 where Jesus says that those who “remain” in his word are truly his disciples. It’s in “hanging out” with Jesus that we discover the blessings of being connected to him. And that’s precisely what so many people miss. They know about Jesus and have maybe even been to worship services, but they’ve never spent time with him. So just how does that happen? If it’s not a matter of going to his room at a local bed and breakfast, how can we find where he’s at? The answer is more obvious than we might expect…he’s present in his body, i.e. the community of faith. “Hanging out” with Jesus means spending time…worshiping, praying, studying, eating, drinking… with brothers and sisters in Christ! In their fellowship we can have connection with Jesus, not just for a day, but for a lifetime.
Thought for the Day: How connected am I to my faith community?