“Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked. “Come and see,” said Philip. – John 1:46
Is there someone in your life that you have a long time? Someone who you know and see on a regular basis who seems very unremarkable. Or is there a group of people who on the surface seem to be judged based on where they live, how they grew up or what they look like? What about those who tend to float around in the background and never get notice?
Most humans make assumptions about other people based on their knowledge of that person. They see no potential and even though the person may be good and kind, there’s nothing that stands out and says “Watch out for this one!” There’s no reason to think otherwise. You get lulled into thinking that there is nothing exceptional about them. What you see is what you get.
Underestimating, or overlooking others is something we all do. We miss seeing the signs of greatness in somebody because we only look at their circumstances and who we think they are. Our inherent laziness and self-centeredness stops us from digging down further to find out more about others. Unless they interest us or touch us in some way, we can’t be bothered.
Failure to look past who or what a person is, causes us to miss opportunities. How many people before Nathanael dismissed Jesus because he came from Nazareth? They thought, just like Nathanael that if you came from Nazareth you would amount to nothing. None of them probably ever bothered with changing their views. The end result was that they missed out on something great.
Even today, people underestimate what Jesus can do. They only believe what they see and hear and don’t expect much from Him. When they do find out Jesus is capable of doing, they are greatly surprised and in some ways, they may even regret not finding out more. They realise it was a mistake to base their expectations of Jesus on their limited knowledge.
Jesus, knowing that we too will be greatly surprised by those we underestimated, wants us to come and see. He wants us to get over our “can’t be bothered” nature and get to know people for who they really are. Maybe there is somebody you know who is quiet and unassuming. Someone who you only see the surface of. Someone who has a depth that needs to be explored. They may be silently waiting for that one word of support from someone who can see their potential. One word to tell them that they are not being overlooked.
We all have a greatness within us. For some, it comes easily and for others, it doesn’t. When we underestimate someone, there is a danger for both them and us – we could all end up missing out on seeing potential unleashed. “Come and see”, is all we need to do to stop overlooking others and preventing Jesus from carrying out His plans for all of us.
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