Come & See…Then What?

Posted: June 28, 2013 in build up, Christ, Community, compassion, Disciple, Discipleship, Focus, great commission, Jesus, Mentor, mentoring, Re-Focus, Relational

The progression of Jesus’ call to His disciples involved steps that became increasingly more committal as the relationship was established and grew!  In the same fashion, His call to us to become His disciples involves incrementally more of Him and less of ourselves.  Let’s look at this through the calling and discipling of the apostles through their relationship with Jesus and His incredible life of Relational Discipleship!


The first call from Jesus is to Come and See:

John 1:35-42 – 35 The next day again John (the Baptist) was standing with two of his disciples, 36 and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” 37 The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. 38 Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, “What are you seeking?”And they said to him, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?” 39 He said to them, “Come and you will see.” So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour.40 One of the two who heard John speak and followed Jesus was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 41 He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means Christ). 42 He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “So you are Simon the son of John? You shall be called Cephas” (which means Peter).

In our very nature, the nature that God created within us, we are curious!  God gave us minds and dreams and an intellect that is separate from the rest of His creation.  We are designed to think, discover, and seek out what is true.  Our abilities and understanding of certain things (such as technology) have come a long way since the time Jesus walked the earth.  Scrolls used to be written and slowly passed along to other communities by travelers or trade routes.  Now, I can type this blog post and in an instance it is accessible over the entire globe via the internet!  This should not scare The Church, it should excite The Church!  There has never been a better time for spreading the Good News of Christ than we have at our very fingertips every day!  But that is for a different post sometime!

It shouldn’t come as a surprise to us that Jesus would first appeal to our curious nature by stating the simple request, “Come and See.”  Who could resist?  That invitation was a step, and likely a test, to see if these guys were willing to check out this Jesus and begin a relationship with Him that would change their lives forever.  I believe the reason God gives us small steps in His call for our lives is to check our faith and first see if we will obey Him.  In my life I know He is very patient in giving me steps to follow first before ever filling me in on the destination of His call!  In fact, I am in the midst of obeying His steps right now as I answer the call to ministry!

His initial “Come and See” is simply asking us into a deeper relationship with Him – to get to know Him and begin to discover who He really is.  This is a great model for how we begin making disciples as well!

The next call from Jesus is to Come and Fish:        

Matthew 4:18-22 – 18 While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 19 And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”20 Immediately they left their nets and followed him. 21 And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them.22 Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.

This next step for these men was an invitation to join Jesus, to follow Him as His disciples and learn from Him.  This was an invitation to an inner circle of people that Jesus would intentionally teach, model and simply do life with on an ongoing and consistent basis.  He would not only help them to grow in knowledge and faith, He would teach them and show them how to make disciples (fish for men).

As believers, we are called to be in an intimate relationship with Jesus, learning from Him and applying all we glean from Jesus and His life to the way we live our lives and the way we build relationships with those around us.  We are called to be His disciples and to make disciples…you cannot make disciples of Jesus without first being a disciple of Jesus!  This transitions nicely into the third call from Jesus:

Jesus final call is to Come and Die:

Luke 9:18-27 – 18 Now it happened that as he was praying alone, the disciples were with him. And he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” 19 And they answered, “John the Baptist. But others say, Elijah, and others, that one of the prophets of old has risen.” 20 Then he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” And Peter answered, “The Christ of God.”

21 And he strictly charged and commanded them to tell this to no one, 22 saying, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.”

23 And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. 25 For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself? 26 For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. 27But I tell you truly, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God.”

This final call from Jesus is the key to it all!  What He is talking about here is this…we must die to our self, our selfish nature, to be fully alive in Christ!  When we begin to understand life has never been about us and discover everything in this life is about Jesus, we begin developing a biblical worldview – seeing everything through the lens of the bible and the eyes of Jesus!  We are free from all the negative emotion and baggage that comes from our selfish past and are free to live the life Jesus intends for us to live – free from anxiety, shame, depression, dissension, etc.

We will have times where we lapse back into that old selfish nature and may even develop some of the past negativity or anxiety, but as our focus comes back to our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ we can once again live in the freedom that He calls us to live…and by doing so, we get to answer His call to build relationships by following His approach to making disciples:

Come and See…Get to know me as I get to know you!

Come and Fish…Let me show you what being a follower of Christ is all about and how to apply that to your everyday life!

Come and Die…Live your life fully for Jesus, our Lord and Savior and live in the freedom He has in store for you!

This life of freedom is not a personal thing as some might say…this life is meant to be shared!   So get out and invite people to see, fish and die…you (and they) will never be the same!

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