There comes a time for each of us when merely talking is not sufficient. We must actually set out on the journey of following Christ! We can spend many hours debating and discussing issues related to the Christian life, but this means little if we never actually step out and follow Christ! He will change you slowly if you just go.
For generations, the coming of the Messiah had been pondered and predicted by the nation of Israel. Perhaps no topic garnered more discussion among Jews than the nature and work of the Messiah. But when he got here, they didn’t recognize Him in spite of all the talk. They had to be open whatever Jesus actually was. The talk blinded the relationship. Andrew had listened to John the Baptist and had heard of the coming Messiah and was open. Now, suddenly, he was face to face with the One he had yearned to see! Jesus was radically different than the talk but Andrew followed first and saw Jesus for who he was. Andrew’s mind was filled with questions he longed to ask. Instead of entering into a theological dialogue with Andrew, however, Jesus turned and began to walk. Andrew’s questions would not be answered by discussion alone, but by walking with Him. Many of our questions are answered by a relationship and not words and sentences.
Christianity is not a set of teachings to understand. It is a Person to follow. A man who was like God that we strive to be like so to be as God intended humanity. As he walked with Jesus, Andrew watched Jesus heal the sick, teach God’s wisdom, and demonstrate God’s power. Andrew not only learned about God; he actually experienced Him! Moments will come when you stand at a crossroads with your Lord. You will have a hundred questions for Him. Rather than answering the questions one by one, Jesus may say, “Put on your shoes, step out onto the road, and follow Me.” Jesus will answer your questions, and you will discover far more than you even knew to ask.