“Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me?” (John 14:8-9)
I feel so bad for Philip. His experience is one of public ridicule. Poor guy, he only wanted clarification, maybe. I think I feel so bad for Philip because I see myself in him. I am notorious for asking questions of which, I should have known the answer. And like Philip, I also consider myself somewhat of a dot connector of people.
Philip is the one who goes to get Nathanael and introduces him to Jesus. (John 1:45) Philip also connects some Greeks to Jesus by way of Andrew. (John 12: 20 – 22) So Philip is one who brings people to Jesus. Seems like there ought to be some kind of Order named after him, one whose primary purpose is to bring people to Jesus.
JAMES THE LESS: James the son of Alphaeus (Alpheus) appears on lists of the Twelve Apostles (usually in the ninth place), but is never mentioned otherwise. He is called James the Less, or James Minor, or James the Younger. (See M 10:3; P 3:18; L 6:15; A 1:13) (James Kiefer)
Philip is mentioned a fair amount and James, this particular James, not mentioned at all outside of being one of the twelve. But both walked with Jesus. I have learned to not value only what was written. There is much that goes on in all of our lives that is never recorded in human journals. God however, knows what we are doing and the good we have done and continue to do.
Yes, we may sometimes ask the wrong questions or do something that was a mistake. But an old boss of mine who selected me for advancement told me that the only ones who never make mistakes are the ones who never do anything. He appreciated my attempts at trying to do something for the good of our mission. While not everything turned out great he could always count on me to attempt some type of improvement.
We are recorded where it counts. Whether we turn out to be more like Philip or James, we are members, non-the-less, of the body of Christ. Our good, written and unwritten, deeds are the building blocks for our home in heaven. How much material have you sent up for the heavenly builders?
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying through and to the people of the Creating Word and then let us “Ponder anew what the Almighty is doing.” John Thomas Frazier Sr.