January 15

John 1:37-42

“When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, ‘What are you looking for?’ They said to him, ‘Rabbi’ (which translated means Teacher), ‘where are you staying?’” vs. 38

The question Andrew was asked is one that searchers of every age have been hard-pressed to answer. Certainly that’s true in our time. People are looking for something, but they often have no idea what it is. Some think they want material prosperity, but are disappointed when they achieve it. Others are looking for meaning or purpose, or more commonly just plain happiness, and find it ever so elusive. People will try hobbies or sports or travel, and occasionally check out a new religion. Some try meditation! Evidently Andrew found the question difficult too, and responded with a question of his own. At first “where are you staying?” seems a strange thing to say, but Andrew is no fool. He seems to intuit that whatever he’s looking for is connected to the person of Jesus, and if he can find his way to Jesus his search will be at an end. Though it’s easier said than done, Andrew’s insight still works well. Countless persons have found peace and serenity in a prayer-filled living relationship with Jesus. And when that happens it seems their search is over, and contentment fills their souls. They don’t seem to crave or need anything else. Hanging out with Jesus is enough!

Thought for the Day: What am I looking for?

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