Show and Tell Christianity
“He saith unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour.”
There is nothing more powerful than to see what others are talking about. Recently, I was preaching for a friend who talked about a place that had the best steak he had ever tasted. I have heard people say that before only to be disappointed, but this pastor took me to that restaurant and ordered steak for me. Oh my! He was absolutely telling the truth. It was the best steak I have ever tasted. The only reason that I am telling you about this steak is because someone asked me to go with them to show me what they were talking about.
Three times in the Book of John, we see that people were told to come and see. The first time is found in the verse above when the people came and asked Jesus where He dwelt and He said to them, “Come and see.” The second time is found in verse 46 when Philip found Nathanael and told Him about Jesus; but Nathanael said, “Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth?” to which Philip responded, “Come and see.” The third time was when Jesus talked to the woman at the well. She was so touched by Jesus that she went to the men of the city and said, “Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?” These three times reveal what you should get people to come and see.
First, come and see the life we live. When the people wondered about where Jesus dwelt, they wanted to see how he lived. No greater sermon can be preached to the world than to see the characteristics of Christ revealed in your life. Christianity is more than just a weekend get together to hear a sermon, but Christianity is a life that should be lived 24/7. If you want lives to be changed, you are going to have to let them see you live the Christian life, not only at church but in real life situations. If the only time people see you is at church, they will never know how to apply the Christian life to their daily life. Let me encourage you to step out of your box and invite others to come and see how to live the Christian life in your daily routines.
Second, come and see God’s mighty works. The proof that Philip wanted to show Nathanael was the mighty works Jesus performed. People still need to see that God can do mighty works through the life of an individual. They need to see that God’s mighty works were not just for a certain generation, but they are for every generation. Others will never see God’s mighty works through you if you are not yielded to the Holy Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit power is the only way God works through the Christian. My friend, people don’t need to see you work through your own power, but they need to see you work through the Holy Spirit’s power. When is the last time you asked the Holy Spirit of God to empower you? It should be a daily request; it should be an every circumstance request to yield to the Holy Spirit.
The result of coming and seeing is that they will go and tell. The reason the woman at the well went to tell others to come and see is because she saw God’s power in her own life. If you show others the reality of the Christian life in everyday situations, and they see the power of God working through you, you will find it will motivate them to go and tell others to come and see. Let me challenge you to be a show and tell Christian so that others will be challenged to go.