The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!” When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?” They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”) “where are you staying?” “Come.” he replied, “and you will see.” So they went and saw where he was staying and they spent that day with him. It was about four in the afternoon. Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). And he brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas.” (which, when translated, is Peter). 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. 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 1:35-51

It's important to take note of what's happening here - one man believes in Jesus and tells someone who tells someone who tells someone. This is how believers came to be - first one believes, then their faith encourages others to believe. I know, for myself sometimes, it's hard not to think there's a lot of pressure in knowing all the right answers about Jesus before I can help draw others close to him. But here we see that it's our own belief in God that speaks the loudest. 

Another important factor is that, the way these people believed in Jesus as the savior is because they had studied what he would be like. While many of the expectations of Jesus were off, the person written about is who they got to meet. It's important that we know what Jesus looks like through scripture. A lot of times I get lost in knowing where to begin because it feels like I have so much to learn. So here's a simple tip that I've done - start in John (or another gospel) and then read a Psalm as well. I like to underline and highlight so I'm actively paying attention to what I'm reading. I choose ahead of time what each color will stand for and then I have in my mind the types of things I'm looking for - the character of God, promises of God, facts about Jesus, etc.

Another important thing that is shown here, is that all it takes is telling someone what you believe and telling them to come see for themselves. In our day and time, that usually means telling someone what God personally has done in you and then inviting them to the church or ministry you go to so they can meet God for themselves. We see once people are brought to Jesus, he calls out the places in their life where they aren't living fully. He tells them that he loves them and saw them even before they believed in Him. We get to bring people and be living, breathing vessels of belief in God. 

Lord, place someone specific in my life that my belief will impact. Strengthen my belief in You. Remind me that You are the One who does this, I can't work harder and therefore belief. Lord, help me participate in trying to know You more & then Lord, bless my efforts by pouring out your Spirit and understanding. I love you, God. Amen. 

- Michele Houston