Lead Me And Surprise Me, Lord

John 1:43-51 (NIV)

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.
47 When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, “Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.”
48 “How do you know me?” Nathanael asked.
Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.”
49 Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel.”
50 Jesus said, “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.” 51 He then added, “Very truly I tell you, you will see ‘heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on’ the Son of Man.”

When Jesus called Nathanael, He called him to an adventure unlike any other. Jesus had prophesied that He had seen Nathanael under a fig tree when Philip told him about Jesus of Nazareth. Nathanael was skeptical at first. “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” (John 1:46, NIV). It was such a nowhere place. How could the Messiah come from Nazareth? So Jesus did something nearly unbelievable and called Nathanael to a greater adventure than he could imagine.

The life of following Jesus is an adventure, yet too often we settle for a ho-hum kind of life. The mundane is more like it. We somehow fall for a lie that following Jesus is boring. We are told by those in the world that following Jesus isn’t any “fun.” We’re just a bunch of party-poopers sitting around waiting to go to Heaven and trying to be “good Christians” as we wait. But what if there is more? What if there is an adventure of service and ministry that we could be living? What if there is an adventure of fellowship that we could experience? To invest our lives in helping others find and follow Jesus, the One who gives life and hope to all who believe, is truly an adventure. To experience God’s grace and love in our lives as He leads us home is an adventure.

We should be more like Jesus’ disciples as we learn from Him. We need to awaken each day with the words, “Lead me and surprise me, Lord” on our lips. Live a life of abundant hope and joy in the Lord. Find the purpose for which God created you. Share your faith with those who don’t know Jesus yet. Go on a mission trip to dig wells in Africa or build houses in Haiti. Get out there and LIVE your faith instead of giving lip service to it. When we do, we’ll see greater and greater things as God works through us to change lives for His glory.

PRAYER: Lead me and surprise me today, O Lord. Take me on an adventure of faith by Your Holy Spirit. Call me out of the mundane and into abundant life. In Jesus’ name, amen.


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