When Jesus turned and saw [the disciples of John] following, he asked, ‘What are you looking for?’
They said, ‘Rabbi (which is translated Teacher), where are you staying?’
He replied, ‘Come and see.’
Sometimes we ask some seemingly insignificant questions. We come to faith in Christ and find ourselves not really knowing why we are there. We know there was something within us that called us into relationship, into asking questions about the meaning of life, into wondering about God.
I am thankful that Christ is not concerned about our insignificant questions. Where are you staying? The disciples of John asked. Christ’s response, I believe, is the response that we still hear today, come and see!
To come and see means to take a risk. We are not sure where we are going and we don’t know what we are going to find when we get there. We must trust that the one that we are following wants the best for us.
To come and see means that the journey of faith is an adventure. Nothing is guaranteed but a transformed life. Our going means our willingness to continue walking alongside Jesus and those partners in the journey.
To come and see means that we are willing to follow. Following is difficult work, it requires letting go and trusting the one who is leading. Following also requires active engagement along the way, with Jesus and with our fellow sojourners.
I am thankful that Christ is still calling us to come and see! May those of us walking the journey of discipleship become the instrument for others to hear God’s call to the risk taking adventure we call discipleship.