Our verse for today comes from John 1:39, ” He said to them, ‘Come and see.’ They came and saw where He was staying, and remained with Him that day (now it was about the tenth hour). “
Wet hair, lather, rinse, repeat. Such are the instructions for your average brand of shampoo. So you’ll be glad to know that if you ever forget what to do next while washing your hair, the steps are printed right there on your bottle. Likewise, how often do you bring home some carry out pizza, only to draw a blank on what to do when it comes time to serve it? Fortunately, printed right on the flap of many pizza boxes are the helpful instructions to open the box before eating pizza. There are other products that simply cross the line into absurdity when it comes to their labels. A bottle of ketchup says to put it on food. An electric kettle includes instructions to turn it on by setting the ” on/off ” button to the ” on ” position. A jigsaw puzzle includes the news that some assembly is required. Most of the tasks we perform each day get accomplished without us ever having read the first instruction on what to do. Sadly, though, those of us with kids can be reminded all too often how vital the clearest, most simple instructions can be if we want something accomplished around the house. But even when we understand what the process is to get the desired result in our lives, we still have to carry out the steps to see it come to fruition. Hearing the instructions, no matter how simple, guarantees nothing unless we actually follow through.
So it should not be overlooked that when Jesus told the two disciples of John to come and see that they actually came and saw. Another time, Jesus told some to follow Him, but they had other things they wanted to do first. There are all manner of simple, clear instructions left for us by Jesus in God’s Word. Some are so basic that one might wonder why Jesus felt He had to explain something so obvious. But we are a people of procrastination and excuses, no? Even the basics of will and tongue can elude us. But when you reach the point where remaining with Jesus is your priority, those instructions become a little more important, and a lot more practical.
As we seek Him today, follow a simple instruction from God that may very well lead to a major difference.