Scripture: John 1:43 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” 44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.” 46 Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” 47 When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!”
Observation: Nathanael is presented as quite the character. First, he starts banging on Nazareth – which was a town of little consequence in ancient times. What’s funny is that Philip was from Bethsaida, which wasn’t much bigger than Nazareth. But then Jesus describes Nathanael as one “in whom there is no deceit”. In other words, he tells it like it is. No B.S. from this guy. Nathanael was clearly a guy with some rough edges to him. He was perhaps a bit judgmental, but he was also honest. I suppose Jesus saw in Nathanael someone he could work with, so he called him as one of his disciples.
Application: I’m a flawed person, that’s for sure. I tend to talk when I should listen. Patience is not my strong suit. I’ll start things but not always finish them. I can be abrasive with people, though I don’t mean to be. I could go on and on. I leave a lot to be desired – yet the Lord has called me anyway. As the Lord has called you. We are his representatives in the world. God uses us to bless others – to love them, support them, challenge them. To introduce them to the Lord Jesus. Nathanael reminds us that we don’t have to be perfect to be useful to the Lord.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, use us for your purposes today – warts and all. Amen.