“Now among those who went up to worship at the feast were some Greeks. So these came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and asked him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” Philip went and told Andrew; Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus.”
John 12:20-22 ESV
As we live it is important to remember that the focus isn’t on ourselves; it’s on Jesus. These Greeks had come not to see the followers of Jesus but Jesus Himself. We must be careful to not detract or interfere with others seeing and being with Christ. Here are a few things to consider as links in the process of helping others get to Jesus.
1) People are looking for Jesus. Everyone may not personally say they are looking for Jesus but some are. Within all of us there is a God-shaped void and some are aware that Jesus may be the very one they are looking for. It is important that for those who are seeking Jesus and don’t know how to find Him to have connections with Jesus’ followers. We must be very careful to not obstruct their view of Christ by living in a way that is self-serving. We have to be the ones who can help get people to Him.
2) Philip went to Andrew who then went to Jesus. We all play a part in getting people to Jesus. Sometimes we are the first link while other times we may be the second or third link. We don’t need to focus on the link we are playing but that people are seeking Him. Our role is not the most important thing; Jesus is the most important! Play your part well. Help connect people to Jesus.
3) Working together is essential. Philip and Andrew worked together to get these people who wanted to see Jesus to Jesus. Sometimes we are in competition with one another and this is completely detrimental in assisting those who only want to see Jesus. They aren’t interested in our opinions our political stances. People need and want to see Jesus.
4) Holy Spirit is ultimately the One at work. This passage shows us that people came to Philip looking for Jesus. These people were brought to Philip and Philip’s job was to get them to Jesus. He then connected with his brother who worked in conjunction with Holy Spirit and connected them to the One they were seeking. We must remember that the work that is done in anyone’s life is by God, not us. We are simply conduits and vessels in getting people to Jesus.
How are you being used to connect people to Jesus?
Are you preventing others getting to Christ in any way?
Have to been too focused on what your role is instead of just playing your role?