As they approached, Jesus said, “Now here is a genuine son of Israel—a man of complete integrity.” “How do you know about me?” Nathanael asked. Jesus replied, “I could see you under the fig tree before Philip found you.” Then Nathanael exclaimed, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God—the King of Israel!” Jesus asked him, “Do you believe this just because I told you I had seen you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than this“ John 1:47-50.
Jesus saw into Nathaniel’s heart, then when Nathaniel was awed by that Jesus promised he would see even greater things than that.
God already knows everything about us, including what’s in our hearts: “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight…” (Heb. 4:13), and “People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Sam. 16:7). Yet like Adam and Eve, we try to hide from God anyway. It’s too uncomfortable to allow God to see everything about us. It’s too exposed.
But if we do, if we willingly be transparent before Him, what great things our eyes will be opened too – we will see Jesus as Lord like never before, and we will see what He is doing in the events and people around us more and more too.
We’ll better see what He’s doing within our own hearts, too, and He will continually reveal more and more darkness that He wants us to bring to the Light for healing, and forgiveness, and freedom.
We’ll see with new eyes, beyond the physical realm and into the spiritual world beneath the surface of things.
But since our inclination is to hide instead, how do we do it? How do we open ourselves up to God? “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up” (James 4:10). That means submitting to His commands and seeking Him through prayer, scripture, and the community of believers, the local church.
When we do, we will be more effective agents for His kingdom and glory regardless of our occupations or vocations.