Reference text : John 1:35-42
John 1:38 Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou?
To meet a stranger for the very first time, ask about where they live and be ushered in freely at present times, seems like a product of science fiction, but that is what we see happening in this episode between the two disciples and Jesus. What is even more surprising is the dialogue that takes place between them because I had never thought that the question ‘what are you looking for?’ could be answered with the question ‘where do you live?’
Many questions could arise over the intentions of the disciples in asking about the address of Jesus, initially, I even saw it as a search for what material gains they could have access to. However, subsequent events reveal the purpose of this question was so they could spend some time in the company of Jesus. After their time in His presence, they came to the conclusion ‘We have found the Messiah’ (vs 41).
Hence my question to you for reflection today: What conclusions do people come to and what ideas do they conceive about us when they spend time in our company? I am not making reference to those whose sole purpose is to bring us down thus only identify negatives, but neutral minds who encounter us for the first time. What experience do we leave with them? What lessons do we teach them and what words do we offer to them?
My dear, regardless of where we are, what we say and do will be a first time experience with someone because we encounter new people everyday. Let such people get a taste of what it would have been to meet Jesus for the first time. It may appear too much to ask, but this is actually an extension of the rather popular principle: ‘first impression counts’, only that this time, the intention is not to sell ourselves, but to show Jesus off through our being.
Remember # You are the first encounter with Jesus many will have, so don’t blow that opportunity.