Following Andrew’s Example
Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). John 1:40-41
We read a lot about the disciples of Peter, James, and John in the Gospels, but we don’t know much about Andrew. Andrew, the brother of Peter, didn’t get a lot of ink in the New Testament, but what is written has much significance. Andrew is primarily known as the one who brought others to Jesus.
When Andrew became convinced that Jesus was the long awaited for Messiah, he went and found his older brother and brought him to Jesus. This is interesting because Peter was a larger-than-life kind of person. When Peter entered a room, everyone would know it, and he always had something to say. It is likely that Andrew spent most of his life living in his brother’s shadow. How easily Andrew could have kept the knowledge of Jesus to himself and said, “I don’t want Peter to get in here. He will probably try to take over the whole operation.” Instead, he went and brought Peter to Jesus.
Peter became part of Jesus’ inner circle. We do not read of Andrew resenting Peter; it seems he was satisfied to bring others to Jesus and leave the results to Him.
It is not surprising that Andrew found the boy with the loaves and fishes and brought him to Jesus (John 6:8-9). Andrew brought Greeks to Jesus, even though they were despised by pious Jews (John 12:20-22). There is no record of Andrew ever preaching a sermon, performing a miracle, or writing a book of Scripture. He is remembered for those whom he brought to Jesus.
You could say that Andrew is like the patron saint of unsung heroes, the kind of people who are willing to do what needs to be done while flying under the radar. They don’t care if you know about them; they just want God to get the glory. Here is the thing we need to remember: If we had more Andrews, we probably would have more Simon Peters.
Andrew is a good role model for us. Our job is not to transform people into Christians or to convict them of their sin. It is not our responsibility to make people behave in a certain way. Our task is to bring them to Jesus. Invite them to come and see and Jesus will perform His divine work in their lives.
Grace & Peace, Pastor Bob