The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples, and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, “What are you seeking?” And they said to him, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come and you will see.” So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour. One of the two who heard John speak and followed Jesus was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means Christ). He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John. You shall be called Cephas” (which means Peter). John 1:35-42
How many times did I hear almost that exact same question from my parents as I stood refrigerator door ajar gazing intently into the interior as they asked “what are you looking for?” I would always answer the same, something to eat. Now I don’t recall our refrigerator being empty, we always had food around the house. There was plenty there, just nothing I wanted. In fact I am sure most times I did not know what I wanted. Most times I was not really hungry, just board. I guess I thought if I starred long enough something would call to me and end my boredom. Also, while there was usually plenty of healthy food there, I wasn’t looking for healthy, I wanted gratification.
I think too many people today are looking for religion the same way. They are not sure what they want so they continue to stare in the refrigerator of life hoping for some instant feel good religion. Rather than go for the meat and vegetables they look for the cake, ice cream and candy. There is so much out there to tempt the unwary.
These two disciples were also seeking. First they were followers of John and now after hearing what John said about Jesus the left John to follow Jesus. Still when Jesus asks them what they are seeking I find it interesting that rather than answer Jesus’ question they ask one of their own. Too often when we are asked rather than answer we just change the subject to something safer. We need to be bold when asked questions, ready to give an answer to all that ask. And when we see someone staring into the refrigerator, we need to do more than ask what they are looking for, we need to be able to guide them to the true food and water.
Have a blessed day,