One of the more memorable events from my childhood was when a travelling circus came through the small, Midwestern town I called home. A travelling circus with poorly secured elephants, I might add. One of the punchy pachyderms got loose and went on a (thankfully brief) rampage through town. It took my sister a long time to convince my mom there was an elephant in the street. I guess it was one of those events you have to see to believe.
In John chapter one, we find Philip traversing the dusty hills of Galilee with good news for his friend Nathanael. We’ve found the Messiah. He’s from Nazareth. To which Nathanael replies – You’ve got to be kidding. Unfazed, Philip says, “Come and see.”
Come and see. There’s power in that invitation. Like Philip, we can invite those around us to come and see what God is doing in our lives. Come and see for yourself what the Word of God says. Come and see how He’s answered my prayers. How He’s changing me for the better. Come and see.
And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death. Revelation 12:11 (ESV)
One of the most powerful things I have as a Christian is my testimony. It’s the true story of a girl who was dead inside until God made her alive through Christ. Who had a heart of stone until God gave her a heart of flesh.
I’m living proof of the claims Jesus made. I’m far from perfect, but come and see what God has done in my life. Come and see what He can do in yours.
…but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect…1 Peter 3:15 (ESV)