How we think about each other.
The potential not the problem
“The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Come, follow me.” Philip was from Bethsaida, Andrew and Peter’s hometown. Philip went to look for Nathanael and told him, “We have found the very person Moses and the prophets wrote about! His name is Jesus, the son of Joseph from Nazareth.” “Nazareth!” exclaimed Nathanael. “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” “Come and see for yourself,” Philip replied. As they approached, Jesus said, “Now here is a genuine son of Israel—a man of complete integrity.” “How do you know about me?” Nathanael asked. Jesus replied, “I could see you under the fig tree before Philip found you.” Then Nathanael exclaimed, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God—the King of Israel!” Jesus asked him, “Do you believe this just because I told you I had seen you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than this.” Then he said, “I tell you the truth, you will all see heaven open and the angels of God going up and down on the Son of Man, the one who is the stairway between heaven and earth. ””
Jesus was not being sarcastic, he was seeing beyond what Philip said and how it may make him feel and he was looking into who Philip really was and his potential as an individual.
This is how we navigate each other as people.- In following Jesus we should forfeit the opportunity to vindicate ourselves and call people into their greatest potential. That is what Jesus was doing with Philip here, he could have been like “ yo Philip, what good comes out of Bethsaida?”
But he didn’t! He looked beyond the surface into Philip’s potential and encouraged him.
Yes, this is a challenge but watch what happens when you disregard your own vindication and follow Jesus.