I’ll admit Andrew wasn’t on my top ten to know in the Bible. Which is a shame because he’s got some pretty neat stats!
A little background on Andrew may help put him in the top ten for all of us. Y’all know Jesus’ cousin, John the Baptist, the one who dressed differently and ate honey covered bugs. John is often known as the forerunner of Jesus. Going ahead of Him to tell others Who was coming. AND he gets to baptize Jesus. I could go on about him, but I’m talking about Andrew here. Andrew was originally a disciple of John’s. He heard and BELIEVED what John was saying about Jesus.
The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. 36 When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!”
When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. 38 Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?”
They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?”
“Come,” he replied, “and you will see.”
So they went and saw where he was staying, and they spent that day with him. It was about four in the afternoon.
Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. 41 The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). And he brought him to Jesus. John 1:35-42
Another time we hear of Andrew is when he receives one of the coolest titles that is still used today.
As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him.
Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him. Matthew 4:18-22
They left their boats. Their livelihood. Their friends. All they knew, to follow Jesus. To fish for people. At what point did they give each other the kind of look only brothers can give one another? The look that says, “Yeah, this is going to be one awesome adventure, who cares about the details?!” They didn’t let anything stop them. No doubts or fears or questions or details or what ifs or why nots. They didn’t spend a minute writing a pros and cons list. When Jesus called them, they immediately respond with a yes.
I want to be like them. I am tired of questioning and details. If I am called to be a daughter of the King then I should trust Him with all of those things. He wants me to be a fisher of men. He wants to use me (and you) to save souls. He wants us to be like his first followers. Andrew was the first missionary, sharing about Jesus and encouraging others to follow Him. Jesus wants us to do that-everywhere, to all nations. Andrew stepped out of his comfort zone, beyond the Jewish people and welcomed others to Christ:
Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the festival. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. “Sir,” they said, “we would like to see Jesus.” Philip went to tell Andrew; Andrew and Philip in turn told Jesus.
Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.” John 12:20-26
All of these verses make me weepy (most things do), but the idea of one brother leading another to belief in Christ shakes up my heart. Nathan and Brady are more than earthly brothers; they are brothers in Christ. My hope is they will always be that way and with that lean into each other to strengthen their faith. I hope their belief now will grow stronger and enable them to teach others about Jesus. I hope that as they grow they will be like Andrew, willing to go and spread the word as God quietly whispers in their ears: “Go, be fishers of men.” I hope they will not pause when they have a chance to tell others of Jesus. I hope they will take every opportunity to step out of their comfort zones to tell others about Jesus.
As I hope these things for my boys, I hope the same for each of us. To be bold and passionate in our mission to tell others about the beautiful gift of salvation. To tell others about the beautiful gifts of grace, love and mercy. To be able to tell others this wherever we are and by our actions. To be the light Jesus spoke of.