40 Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. 41 The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). 42 And he brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which, when translated, is Peter). 43 The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me.” 44 Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. 45 Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote–Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” 46 “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked. “Come and see,” said Philip. (John 1:40-46 NIV)
When people began to follow Jesus they were compelled to tell somebody. Jesus didn’t tell Andrew to find Simon and tell him what he had seen. Jesus told Philip, “Follow me.” He didn’t tell him to go and find Nathanael, but he did. They weren’t forced to tell anyone, but they couldn’t help but to tell somebody. There were times when Jesus told His followers to tell others about what God was doing, but for those early followers they didn’t need to be reminded.
What was it about Jesus that stirred them to the point where they had to tell somebody about Who they had met and what He was doing? Was it the way that He was “different” than the other religious leaders? You better believe it. Was it the way He taught? Yep. Was it the way He befriended those that others avoided? You bet. Was it His humility, His love, His mercy, His uncompromising ways, His unwavering commitment to God, His willingness to stand up to those who were abusing their authority? Yes. Yes. Absolutely Yes. All of these characteristics of Jesus and more caused others to tell others who told still others. And the word eventually spread by mouth down through history until it came to you and me.
Now the baton is in our hands. What will we do? What will I do? We live in a society that is growing increasingly intolerant of Jesus and His message, but which is desperately in need of Jesus and His message. Will I, will we, be so bold as to go against the flow and tell somebody about the love of God that has come to us in Jesus? I’m going to begin praying that God will lead someone across my path each day that needs to hear the message of the Gospel and I’m going to pray that God will give me the boldness to speak up. Will you join me?
My prayer today, Lord, is that You will stir my heart like the stirred the hearts of Andrew and Philip.