Posted by: New in Every Way | February 3, 2014

My House or His


As research for the novel I am writing, I am saturating myself with the four gospel narratives of the life of Jesus. A bit of dialogue that stood out to me a couple days ago is the first conversation between Jesus and his first two disciples. These two men–who, at the time, were disciples of John the Baptist–were present when the Baptizer pointed Jesus out, describing him as the Lamb of God.

house_largeThey said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?”37 When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. 38 Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?”

39 “Come,” he replied, “and you will see.”

So they went and saw where he was staying, and they spent that day with him (John 1:37-39 NIV).

One of the common conceptions of Christians is that we need more of God in our lives. That’s absolutely true. But we tend to see it as a matter of adding Christ onto our already-existing life. Jesus’ first two disciples had a different idea. They didn’t invite Jesus to come to their village to preach. They invited themselves to his campsite or wherever he was staying to spend time with him. (Sounds pretty bold to me. Or did they just stammer out the first thing that came to their minds–which was what was in their hearts? Whichever it was–I love it.)

At any rate, these Galileans (Andrew and maybe John) had rare insight into how to get more of God in their lives. They didn’t try to fit a little of him into their life, they decided to join him in his.

They understood how to really fill a cup (or, in this case, their lives). You can hold a cup under a faucet and collect all the water it will hold. Or you can submerge the cup in a lake. The water will not only completely surround the outside of the cup but will surge into it. Andrew and John had the second idea of how to get more of God in their lives. They decided to jump into the water of Jesus’ world. No wonder he later chose them as two of his twelve trainees for apostleship.

They didn’t invite him to live in their “house,” they moved all the way into his.



  1. Wow! Neat revelation!

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