Read: Start by reading John 1:47–51 out loud.
When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, “Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.” “How do you know me?” Nathanael asked. Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.” Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel.” Jesus said, “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.” He then added, “Very truly I tell you, you will see ‘heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on’ the Son of Man.” —John 1:47–51 NIV
Meditate: As soon as Jesus saw Nathanael, He spoke to him, letting him know that He already knew Nathanael well. Imagine how surprised Nathanael must have felt. Jesus also told Nathanael that he would see greater things, including angels and an opened heaven.
Read John 1:47–51 again.
- Thank Jesus for the intimate relationship He has with you.
- Ask God to give you a heart to know Him well.
- Ask God to show you great things He has for you.
We don’t know why Nathanael was sitting under the fig tree, but we know that Nathanael thought it significant that Jesus had seen him while he was there. We have many examples in the Bible where Jesus shows that He could see the character of people and their inner struggles. Some of these include meetings with the Samaritan woman, with Nicodemus, and with Thomas after the resurrection.
Jesus sees each of us in our times of need. We often feel all alone—that no one knows our deep hurts, our doubts, and our pains—but Jesus does see us.
While we feel insecure, He calls us to greater things and reminds us that a relationship with Him is unlike any other relationship.
Notice: List some ways that you have grown as a leader as you have interacted with this hurting world. God has greater things for you, too! What are some of the greater things to which He has called you?
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Pray: As you pray throughout the day, ask God to lead you to greater things He has in store for you. Remember how Jacob struggled with God and asked for His blessing (Gen. 32:24–28). Ask God to show you how He wants to use you to make a difference in this world.