1.6.2017

Daily Practice: 
 

Prayer (5 minutes):

  • Praise God for His goodness and for who He is. Remember all He has done for you.
  • Thank God for the situation you’re facing today. No matter what it is, thank Him for where you’re from, the struggles you’re facing, and the fight you’ll inevitably have throughout the day.
  • Ask Him to open your heart to areas you’ve held back from Him. Yield yourself to the Spirit’s work in these areas.
  • Ask Him to begin planting thoughts in your mind of how He may want to use your life. Don’t limit this to anything.

Scripture (5 minutes): Read the passage below. Take your time. What is the phrase that resonates with you the most?

John 1:35-51 (ESV)

The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples, and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, “What are you seeking?” And they said to him, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come and you will see.”

So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour. One of the two who heard John speak and followed Jesus was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means Christ). He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John. You shall be called Cephas” (which means Peter).

The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip 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.” Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.”

Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!” Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” Jesus answered him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” And he said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”

Meditation (5 minutes): Meditate on the line below. Repeat it 3x out loud.

Jesus says: Because I said to you, I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe? You will see greater things than these.

Jesus is ready and waiting to spread His power into our lives.

It’s almost humorous how Jesus responds when Philip communicates faith in who He is. Jesus seems surprised that Philip gets excited about such a small gesture. Its as if He’s saying, “You think that’s power?! Just wait and see what I can do with you.”

The same is true for us. All He asks is that we submit those dark corners, those areas of doubt, those filters of skepticism to Him. If we’re honest, we all have those moments of incredulity at the thought of who Jesus is.

That’s ok. Philip did too.

When he first hears of Jesus, Philip asks, “Can anything good come from Nazareth?”

I’m from Philadelphia. I often hear similar responses to this when I tell people where I’m from. “From Philly, really?! Don’t you guys spit on people up there and hate Santa Claus?”

The answer to both of those questions is no, but ultimately they don’t matter because Jesus isn’t looking for a certain “blue bloodline of royalty” to be in service of Him.

Instead, He’s looking for hearts that are humbly submitted to His will. He’s looking for simple faith that trusts He is who He says He is. He’s looking for people like you and me to set aside our fear, doubt, and worry and to trust Him to use us for “greater things than these” today in the lives of those around us.

Blessings! See you tomorrow!