Jesus answered and said to him, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than this.” And he said to him, “Amen, amen, I say to you, you will see the sky opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.” John 1:50-51
Where have you been? You answer this when you make your resume. This is the report of your resume. You detail your experience. You write your past work descriptions. You even try to sugarcoat some of the things you did so it can suit the vacancy. In the rat race called life, the employers emphasized the importance of your experience. Most of the time, they look into your past. They filter those whose past don’t fit into their future.
Thanks be to God, he is not an employer.
Before Jesus came face to face with Nathanael, the future disciple gave a forgettable rhetoric, “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” He has not met Jesus yet. He has not seen Jesus yet. He has not heard Jesus yet. Yet, Nathanael has the bravado to speak like this?
Thanks be to God, Nathanael. He does not mind if you spoke that way before you met him. He does not care if you made that judgment even prior to knowing him. He looks at you and accepts you even sooner than you looked at him differently. Jesus doesn’t focus in your past. Jesus looks into your future.
Note Jesus’ statements above, “you will see greater things than this…”, “you will see the sky opened…” You will. Those words perpetuate the future. Those words are forward looking. And those words were spoken by the Son of God. He doesn’t ask us, “Where have you been?” He already knows that. Jesus is interested in, “Where are you going?” If you let go of our past, and decide to go with him, you will see greater things, you will see the sky opened.
Whatever your past is, you fit in God’s future. You will.