My trip to India is quickly coming to a close. I am writing this blog as I travel on the train from Kathgodam to Delhi. I will arrive on Monday night around 9pm. I will stay in Delhi one night and then board my plane to return home on Tuesday night. This trip has truly been a blessing as I have been introduced to new ministries, met new people, reconnected with people at the Sat Tal Christian Ashram, and witnessed life transformation. I look forward to sharing stories with you in the coming weeks as I process through all my experiences.
One of the presentations during the Christian Ashram was on Christian Discipleship. We continued to return to a saying: “Come and See.” “Follow me.” In John 1:38-39, we witness Jesus saying to two of John the Baptist’s disciples, “Come and see,” when they asked, “Where are you staying?” Then later in John 1, we witness Philip saying to Nathanael, “Come and see,” when Nathanael asks, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” (1:46)
Jesus, speaking to Philip previously said, “Follow me” (1:43), and we know from other places in the Gospels that Jesus’ invitation to the disciples was, “Come, follow me.”
Christian evangelism and discipleship begins at the place of invitation. We see this same invitation to “come and see” in John 4:29 when the Samaritan woman goes back to her village and proclaims about Jesus, “Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done! He cannot be the Messiah, can he?” Later in John 4 we read, “They said to the woman, ‘It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the Savior of the world’” (4:42).
This is a quick overview of a much broader conversation that could be had about evangelism and discipleship. I hope it peaks your interest in thinking about how we are inviting people to experience the power of Jesus in their lives. It begins with the invitation, “Come and See,” and as they experience the power of Christ, they will be invited to Jesus’ invitation, “Follow me.”
Thank you for all your prayers as I have traveled over the past two weeks. I have felt the power of your prayers and give God thanks for God’s faithfulness.