Over and over again we see Jesus redeeming and using “difficult people.” Those are people in the world who tend to say and do inappropriate things, or who walk outside the mainstream of life. Even two of Jesus’ disciples could be categorized as “difficult.” Philip was a “downer.” In the Bible we see him as a pessimist who saw the negative side of every situation. After all, it was Philip who declared, “A year’s wages could not give this crowd one bite of food,” right before Jesus fed 5000 people!
You could argue that the Apostle Nathaniel was also “difficult.” He was like that person we all know who has no filter. If they think it, they say it! He was also cynical and tended to prejudge people based upon where they were from. But Jesus uses “difficult people” as you will see from our Bible passage below. So as you read, offer yourself to Jesus fully. After all, He can use your strengths AND your weaknesses to accomplish great things!
(John 1:43-59) 43 The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me.” 44 Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. 45 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.”
46 “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked. “Come and see,” said Philip. 47 When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, “Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.” 48 “How do you know me?” Nathanael asked. Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.”
49 Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel.” 50 Jesus said, “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.” 51 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.”