John 1:43–51 (ESV)
Jesus Calls Philip and Nathanael
43 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” 44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him of whom Moses
in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” 46 Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” 47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and
said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!” 48 Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” 49 Nathanael
answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” 50 Jesus answered him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” 51 And he
said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”
The calling of Philip and Nathanael is interesting.
Notice how easy Philip is picked up. Jesus said “Follow me” and Philip followed. Philip knows that Jesus is the Messiah. So Jesus said “follow me” to Philip and Philip goes and gets his brother and says “come
and see”. Philip correctly nails down who is Jesus, “We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. After Jesus talks with Nathanael, he correctly nails down Jesus by saying
“Rabbi, you are the Son of God! Your are the King of Israel!”
What I wish is that people today could see what Philip and Nathanael saw and as quick as they figured it out. The ability
to see and know this comes from the Holy Spirit. We can try to convert people all we want, but it is the Holy Spirit that does the converting. We should not fall pray to thinking we can do a better job than the Holy Spirit, but when we push
someone, we are actually overriding God and that is not good!
I pray: O Lord, help me to plant the seeds of faith and to be ready for the harvest. Help me to let you do your job without jumping
in. You alone are responsible for conversion. Amen.