"Sir we would see Jesus," the Greeks who came to the feast implored Philip, in this devotion from the Gospel of John, chapter 12. How important is Jesus to us? Are we, as His children zealous to know Him?
19 The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, Perceive ye how ye prevail nothing? behold, the world is gone after him.
20 And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast:
21 The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus.
22 Philip cometh and telleth Andrew: and again Andrew and Philip tell Jesus.
23 And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified.
(John 12:19-23, King James Version)
I find it interesting to note that just after the Jews said, "Behold, the world is gone after him,"
verses 20 & 21 tell us,
And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast: The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus.
I do not know about you, but often I find myself thinking that all non-Christians are happy with their lives just the way they are, and are not looking for anything different. I know that is not true; just as the Lord worked in our hearts, so is He continuing to work in the hearts of people so that they, too, are saying, "We would see Him."
Knowing that, how should that affect our daily lives? If we understand that there are people with whom we come in contact each day who are actually seeking the Lord Jesus, are we living lives that are evidence of Christ in our hearts? Can they see Christ in us, and seek us out with their questions?
It always comes back to the same thing, does it not? We are here to be a living testimony of Christ in our hearts. That is our true purpose! How effective are we?
Do they see Him in us?
We should also ask ourselves, how important is it for us to seek the Lord Jesus Christ in our own personal lives? Are we too busy living for this world that we, too, forget the things of God? Is Christ truly first place in our hearts and lives?
May, by the grace of God, each of us so desire the Lord that He truly is first place in our hearts and therefore in our lives as well. When people are seeking the Lord, may they find Him through our faithful testimony of Him!