Thursday: 24th August, 2018

Reference text: John 1:45-51

John 1:47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!

On every job application, one includes at least a reference of someone under whose supervision they have worked or studied. In recent times, such has been the importance of references that many applicants are particular about which names to put down because a single word in the wrong place or a testimony made against you, could be the hammer that dashes all roads leading to your dream role.

The record of Jesus concerning Nathaniel is thus significant: ‘here comes an Israelite, a true one, there is nothing false in him’. If those words were the recommendation for any job, I bet Nat would have made it in. In addition, those are very heavy words which were not just thrown out there by Jesus; because He had to be pretty certain and confident to say there was ‘NOTHING’ false in Nathaniel.

Therefore, for our consideration, we want to consider what the testimony of others about us would be. What is the one statement or adjective everyone around you will agree perfectly describes your personality? Honest or brutally frank? Kind? Caring? Firm? Or the alternatives like dishonest, uncaring, biased; in fact the list of adjectives is endless.

Beloved, Nathaniel in a way agreed with Jesus’ assessment of him with his question: ‘how do you know me?’ So for us, do the things people say about us cause us to take a pause and objectively say about ourselves ‘that really is me’ or ‘you wouldn’t say that if you actually knew me’. It really is a personal choice to be the best version of ourselves or the version where the only way others can describe us in good terms is by lying.

Remember # to live a life where others are confident to give a good report about you.


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