Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?”
They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?”
“Come,” he replied, “and you will see.”
So they went and saw where he was staying, and they spent that day with him.
(John 1:38-39 TNIV)
“Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked.
“Come and see,” said Philip. (John 1:46 TNIV)
After the came and saw, they believed. That’s it. Jesus does not say that to be with him you have to understand him first. He doesn’t say you have to come to church first. He doesn’t tell you to start doing this and stop doing that, then you’ll see. It’s not an invitation to become a religious fanatic or accept any particular doctrine.
It’s an invitation to a relationship with God. Jesus invites us, saying, “Come and spend time with me.”
If you are disciple of Jesus, it’s not necessarily your job to try to convince others about complex theology or beliefs. Just invite someone to come and see what God is doing in your life, in the life of your friends, and in the church.
If you’re not a follower of Jesus, just come. And see. No strings attached.
James Appel has lots of friends at The Place. James is the medical director of Béré Adventist Hospital, in Tchad, Africa.
James keeps a blog and his posts will really move you outside the very comfortable world most of us live in. James and his wife Sarah definitely need our support, encouragement, and prayers. Send James a note by commenting on one of his blog posts or donate time, money, and stuff through Adventist Health International.