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.” ~ John 1:38-39, NIV
by Toni Birdsong
Can you imagine walking behind Christ and having Him turn around and say “what do you want?”
That’s exactly what happened to Andrew and John when they left the ministry of John the Baptist and started following Jesus as He walked by.
Jesus knew the answer to the question. Still, the verse indicates that perhaps He wanted to see how they would express their heart and their motive.
Apparently they passed the test. The two men said they wanted to see where Jesus was staying. They wanted to spend time with Jesus. They wanted to know Him. That was as complicated as their motive got.
With every click online you will need to examine motive—yours and someone elses’. It’s common to ask yourself: What do these people want, what’s their motive? What are they trying to sell me or get from me? Often you will be pitched and played by non-Christians and other times the same will emotional transaction will happen with Christians.
Relationship comes down to the motive of the heart. Real relationships plant firmly, while false ones may open themselves brilliantly only to fade out just as quickly.
Jesus requires nothing less in His relationship with us. To say you follow Christ is one thing. To know why you follow Him is another. Are you following Him for your own purposes? Did you race online this morning without meeting face-to-face with Him? Did you seek out people before you sought Him?
Stay a while with the question. This is a click-here-drag-there, zip-this-blast-that world. It’s easy to get sucked into the vortex of the digital dance and forget to listen to the music. It’s not unheard of for a passionate preacher (or Christfollower) to slide into the “Look-At-Me-Show” or the “I’m-Cool-Like-You-Show” and begin to advance his or her causes over those of Christ. It’s never part of the plan . . . still, it happens.
So here it is: Jesus is turning to you every day before you log on as His follower and asking: “What do you want_______(insert your name)?” Can you answer Him?
Confession time (but only for the brave): Do you ever examine your motives before logging on? Can you share your wisdom in this area?
To say you follow Christ is one thing. To know *why* you follow Him is another. Check the motive of your heart before logging online today. #LiveSticky