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Nathanael

We are all very blessed. Some don’t realize it, but that’s just another example of God’s blessings, and certainly His grace and mercy.

I like this account in the Bible with Nathanael. Let’s read:

John 1:45-49

45 Philip went to look for Nathanael and told him, “We have found the very person Moses and the prophets wrote about! His name is Jesus, the son of Joseph from Nazareth.” 46 “Nazareth!” exclaimed Nathanael. “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” “Come and see for yourself,” Philip replied. 47 As they approached, Jesus said, “Now here is a genuine son of Israel—a man of complete integrity.” 48 “How do you know about me?” Nathanael asked. Jesus replied, “I could see you under the fig tree before Philip found you.” 49 Then Nathanael exclaimed, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God—the King of Israel!”

What I love about this is that Nathanael  is pretty much talking smack. In other words, he was saying there is nothing to look forward to from Nazareth. It’s off the radar pretty much.

But instead of Jesus focusing on those things, Jesus says you’re an honest man. This version describes him as a genuine son of Israel–a man of complete integrity. He chooses to focus on the positive instead of the negative.

What I love is that Jesus could choose to see us only for our mess. He really could, it’s not like He doesn’t know what we’ve done or said, just like He knew what Nathanael said. However, He chooses to see our character.

For those who have accepted Jesus as their Savior and committed to living a life for Him through His power, grace, and mercy, He chooses to see that. The question is, what does He see when He sees you? If He sees His work in you, then of course that’s great. But what if there really is only negative to see in you?

Are you willing to accept His perfect work and allow Him to change you?

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