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The Journey

where are you staying (John 1:35-40)

In the second day of the Journey I find myself among John’s disciples. Just as a editorial note, what I say along the journey aren’t deep commentary on scripture, but are just thoughts as I interact with it. Like I said in the introductory page these are notes on a Jouney I am making as I pray through scripture. I encourage you to read and consider scripture prayerfully and interact with it as you would a novel or literary classic.

I imagine these disciples are just soaked as they are standng in the water baptizing with John, when Jesus walks by and John stands up to look and say “behold the Lamb of God”. I find it odd that that statment would inspire the ancient disciples. the first century disciples were looking for a religious and political leader to lead Israel back into the glory of Solomom. I wonder why this term refering to a sacrifical animal attracted their attention? Obviously these are deeply religious people, looking to deepen their own devotonal life. I wonder how long it took them to get out of the water and run along side of Jesus?  How ever long it took they got there and asked where are you staying? And His responce was come and see. Come and see.

Isn’t that the same responce Christ gives to us. Come and see. I think back on all the decisions I have made through my life. Most weren’t really major decisions but they did change the direction of my life. For instance, I had the oppertunity to teach English at the American English Institute of Ukraine one summer. How would I teach English, to be honest English isn’t my strong subject. I was thinking it sounded fun but was it really something I could do? Come and see. That is just what I did. That one trip one summer changed the direction of my life. I was a shy guy, I rarely spoke to anyone but I loved people and to listen. What happened that summer was God put me in the position where I had to change. God provided the place, the strength, and He changed my life. The shy guy from the center of Kansas was teaching English and sharing his faith in Odessa, Ukraine. When I came home the farmboy studying crop science was in a new position, I had to choose a new direction. What was I going to do continue down the same path I was on or run down a path cleared by God. He called me to come and see what life might look like living in His sevice. Now I am a pastor in a Friends Meeting. The guy that bearly spoke a word now preaches sermons and teaches bible studies. Who would have seen that coming.

Come and see…I imagine the campsite and the conversation that those three had. I imagine Jesus talking about John their friend and His cousin. They laughed and enjoyed a camp fire. Come and see. That campout with Jesus changed their lives, it gave them a different idea to entertain in their minds. What would life be like if I learned from this man? In an instant the world changed. It was no longer the same because God had called the first of a long line of people to carry is mesage to the world.

Where is He calling me? As I walk along with Him in my own Journey what is he asking me to come and see? What might happen if we willing to actually follow and see what and where we would end up?

About jwquaker

I’m sure everyone wants to know who I am…well if you are viewing this page you do. I’m Jared Warner and I am a pastor or minister recorded in the Evangelical Friends Church Mid America Yearly Meeting. To give a short introduction to the EFC-MA, it is a group of evangelical minded Friends in the Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and Colorado. We are also a part of the larger group called Evangelical Friends International, which as the name implies is an international group of Evangelical Friends. For many outside of the Friends or Quaker traditions you may ask what a recorded minister is: the short answer is that I have demistrated gifts of ministry that our Yearly Meeting has recorded in their minutes. To translate this into other terms I am an ordained pastor, but as Friends we believe that God ordaines and mankind can only record what God has already done. More about myself: I have a degree in crop science from Fort Hays State University, and a masters degree in Christian ministry from Friends University. Both of these universities are in Kansas. I lived most of my life in Kansas on a farm in the north central area, some may say the north west. I currently live and minister in the Kansas City, MO area and am a pastor in a programed Friends Meeting called Willow Creek Friends Church.


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