Walking with Someone
Daily Bible Reading – Isaiah 60-62; John 1
Today’s Key Passage – John 1:35-42
Customer service is important to any retail store. We have all experienced the good type of service, and most of us have unfortunately experienced the bad. Years ago I worked in a department store, and we spent a lot of time talking about customer service. One of our policies at the time had to do with how we should react whenever guests asked for directions to a certain department in the store. Instead of pointing out the area or trying to explain where they should go, we were told to walk with them and personally show them to their destination.
We see this same attitude modeled twice in our key passage today. We first see it when John the Baptist announces to his two disciples (Andrew and probably John) that Jesus is the long-awaited Messiah, (Vs. 36) and the two disciples followed Jesus. (Vs. 37) The disciples asked Jesus where He was staying, and instead of simply answering their question or pointing out their destination, he walked with them and showed them. (Vs. 39) We see it again when Andrew went to tell his brother Simon Peter about Jesus. (Vs. 41) Instead of trying to tell Peter where to find Jesus, Andrew walked with him and took him to meet Jesus. In both cases, while pointing to the destination would have been easier, walking with someone and showing him the destination was a better choice.
When faced with someone who is investigating the faith, we can choose to point to Jesus and hope they can find Him on their own, or we can walk with them and help them find Him. When we are discipling a new believer, we can tell them what their journey might look like and point them toward their destination, or we can walk with them as they grow in Christ. When given a choice, never decide to take the quick route and simply point the way. Instead, walk with people and “do life” with them. Go with them as they journey toward their destination, and help them avoid potential pitfalls or hazards along the way. When we are walking with someone and showing them the way, we are following the model set forth by Jesus and the disciples, which is always the best choice.
During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you? Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.
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