Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.” John 3:1-2
Much has been written about this Pharisee coming to Jesus in the night to find truth. Some say he was fearful of what others thought. Others say it would have inappropriate to come to him other than in the night because of his standing. We don’t know motives or even the background of this man. We do know this, though, he was seeking the truth from the only one who could tell him the truth straight up. In other words, he came to the right place.
Unfortunately we are very quick to judge those who don’t fit our mold of what we think a Christian should be or do. Nicodemus could have been written off by his disciples as a hardened leader with no desire to know the truth. But as we see in this passage, Nicodemus wanted truth. Fault him for not being bold or courageous. But don’t fault him for being a Seeker.
If we will look, Seekers are all around us. They dress funny; they listen to different music, they may even smell funny, but they are definitely there.
How would our lives change if, when we observe people, we ask one simple question: I wonder where this person is in his spiritual walk? Obviously we can’t know where each is, but we can certainly pray that way.