Day 20: Good for Nothing

Read: Start by reading John 1:43–46 out loud. 

The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me.” Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked. “Come and see,” said Philip.—John 1:43–46 NIV

Meditate: God is a Master Creator. With His words He created! He creates something out of nothing. Yet Nathanael did not yet know Him. Instead, Nathanael was focused on the place, Nazareth. He could not fathom that something good could come from there.

Philip had wisdom. He knew that Jesus could not be explained. He knew that Nathanael had to experience Jesus for Himself. Wisely, he chose not to argue but simply invited Nathanael to “Come and see.”

Read John 1:43–46 again.

  • What are some ways that Jesus has shown Himself “good” to you?
  • Praise Him for His goodness.

Today, we expect movie stars to come from Los Angeles and entrepreneurs to come from New York City. We expect country singers to come from Nashville, and coffee lovers to come from Seattle. We don’t expect great things to come from small towns. 

We tell our children that anyone can be the president of the United States, but we don’t necessarily believe that it’s true. Like Nathanael, our thinking is small. We don’t truly know the power of God’s Word, and that causes us to live life without the adventures we should experience as followers of Christ. 

Jesus turned water into wine as He simply told the servants what to do. He told the waves to be still, and He told Peter to put his net down on the other side of the boat for a great catch of fish. Jesus wants us to experience Him in ways that will turn our days into good and exciting. When we come home at night, we should be able to report more than “Nothing” when asked about our day.

We are living with Jesus of Nazareth! He can turn “nothing” into “good”!

Notice: We have opportunities every day to see the unlikely person in a new light. Notice someone who might have a low self-image. What good could happen if he or she were connected to Jesus? Dare to start a conversation with that person today.

Pray: As you take out the trash, pray for our hurting world. Look at the houses in your neighborhood. Some of your neighbors are in need of knowing Christ. They may believe that they are good for nothing. Pray that you can introduce them to Christ today.