Word for the day by Christian Education forum
They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. “Sir,” they said, “we would like to see Jesus.”
This meeting between Jesus and the people from the Hellenistic background is found only in John's Gospel. The message of the gospel goes beyond the typical Jewish centers. This type of cross cultural dialogues already started in Jesus’ dialogue with the Samaritan woman. The Greeks normally search for the new perspectives and Gurus. In this text they were attracted by Jesus' radical teachings and actions. The temple cleansing episode was the latest attraction for the Greeks.
So during the time of feast, firstly they had come with a genuine request "Sir, we wish to see Jesus” All the missionary interactions must begin with this genuine concern. There are a lot of people searching their meaning of life in Christ. It is not out of any compulsion, but to know more about Him and to interact with Him. Can we facilitate the people with this attitude?
Journeying together with Christ
The Greeks first consulted the disciple Philip, the man with a Greek name. Philip and Andrew led them towards Christ. Christian life is not a free lands journey or an ultra individual pursuit. The disciples and seekers mutually equip together for their spiritual quest. Here the Disciples encourage and motivate the seekers to find out the truth - Jesus Christ.
Sharing Life is the mystery of Discipleship
Like a grain of wheat seekers should deny their life. The analogy of the grain of wheat describes the hour of glorification in the passion and crucifixion of Jesus. Normally the human life is more concerned about our own bodily needs, its desires- the selfishness and the comfort zones. These sinful elements can be redeemed by the sharing attitude of life and its blessings.
Jesus the master honors the obedient servants
True obedience comes when we explore the will of God and the true greatness reveals when we serve others. The purpose of service is not to satisfy with an occasional charitable act. True service must come from our sincere receiving and respect to the other. The disciples will get the motivation from the scripture. In Lord our labor is not in vain ( 1Cor.15;58
Prayer: Lord we learn that our journey is an experience in togetherness and fellowship. Help us to know each other, respect each other and empower each other as you done in your ministry.Amen.
Thought for the day: True Greatness comes from true service
Rev. Sam. T Panicker, Carmel MTC, Boston.