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10 Feb 2009: John 1:35–38

by Stephen Hebert on Tuesday - 10 February 2009

in Biblical Studies, New Testament

If God is omniscient, then he knows what we’re thinking; he knows the desires of our hearts. He would even know those things that we haven’t figured out yet. He would know exactly what we wanted before we even realized that we wanted it. In the midst of the insanity that is my life, I sometimes here God say these words to me: “What do you want?” There is a biblical precedent for this…

Hebert Translation Nestle-Aland 27
Again, on the next day, John was standing with two of his disciples, and, seeing Jesus walking, he said: “Behold the lamb of God!” And the two disciples heard him and followed Jesus. Jesus, turning around and seeing them following, said to them: “What are you seeking?” They said to him: “Rabbi” (which is translated as ‘teacher’) “where are you staying?” Τῇ ἐπαύριον πάλιν εἱστήκει ὁ Ἰωάννης καὶ ἐκ τῶν μαθητῶν αὐτοῦ δύο καὶ ἐμβλέψας τῷ Ἰησοῦ περιπατοῦντι λέγει· ἴδε ὁ ἀμνὸς τοῦ θεοῦ. καὶ ἤκουσαν οἱ δύο μαθηταὶ αὐτοῦ λαλοῦντος καὶ ἠκολούθησαν τῷ Ἰησοῦ. στραφεὶς δὲ ὁ Ἰησοῦς καὶ θεασάμενος αὐτοὺς ἀκολουθοῦντας λέγει αὐτοῖς· τί ζητεῖτε; οἱ δὲ εἶπαν αὐτῷ· ῥαββί, ὃ λέγεται μεθερμηνευόμενον διδάσκαλε, ποῦ μένεις;

In the ensuing verses, we will learn that these two disciples are Peter (aka Simon) and Andrew — a couple of heavy-hitters in the early church. When Jesus notices that they are following him, he turns around asks: “What are you seeking?”

Now, I could go into a dissertation-length discussion about whether or not Jesus, who was fully human and fully divine, knew what these guys were seeking before he asked. BUT, that’s not the point I’m working toward. Here is the point:

Sometimes, God wants us to think about what it is we desire, what it is we seek, and then he wants us to act on it.

At the moment, I am mired in unemployment. I have no idea what is in store for me. Every day I ask myself a series of questions:

  • What kind of job will I find?
  • Where should I be looking for a job?
  • Will I ever find a job?
  • What should I do?

This is an extremely frustrating process. It humbles me and brings me no end of grief as I often feel emasculated, worthless, and low.

However, in the midst of this ugliness, I find some solace in this passage. Perhaps Jesus is asking me what it is I am seeking. This could be an opportunity to not only pear down my list of priorities to those that are only most important, but also an opportunity to redefine who I am professionally.

Just like Peter and Andrew, most of us stand at the cliff of opportunity, our toes hanging over the edge. Many of us don’t even know that we’re there, but we are! Take the plunge; think about what you are seeking.

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