You may remember last month we talked about the Disciple Peter, and I said each month we’d look at another one of God’s chosen twelve. This month/week we are going to learn about Andrew. Andrew was Peter’s brother. He and Peter both were fishermen by trade. He was a follower of John the Baptizer first, but after learning about Jesus from John, he followed Jesus. In fact, in John 1:41, Andrew tells Peter, “We have found the Messiah (that is the Christ.)” He introduced his brother Peter to Jesus, and they both left their home, family, and fishing job to become “fishers of men” as Jesus said.
Andrew was the oldest of five children and never married. He was also the first and oldest disciple. Andrew was not an effective preacher as was his brother Peter, but he was a good organizer and administrator for the group of disciples. He was one of Jesus’ inner circle of four disciples (Peter, James, and John were the others.) but he often stayed behind with the remaining disciples to manage while Jesus was with those three.
Andrew’s nature was that he was always bringing people to Christ. It was Andrew, who in John 6: 8-10, brought the little boy with the loaves and fishes to Jesus to feed the 5000. “One of the disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, ‘Here is a boy with five barley loaves and two small fish. But what difference will these make among so many?’ ‘Have the people sit down,’ Jesus said. Now there was plenty of grass in that place, so the men sat down, about five thousand of them.”
Andrew was steadfast, dependable, and trustworthy. He was never jealous of his brother’s recognition and his gift for preaching. He knew that was not his gift to have. He traveled extensively and continued to bring the gospel to people that he met after Jesus’ ascension into heaven. Andrew was martyred by crucifixion on an X-shaped cross in Greece about 70 A.D.
Andrew’s life is an example to us that we too should share the gospel with those we meet. We should never be jealous or envious of someone else’s gift, but use our own God-given gifts to further God’s kingdom. God can and does use all of us to lead others to Him if we let Him.
Let’s pray. Father God, thank You for Andrew, his life of service to You, and the example he shows to us all. May we not be afraid to follow You and lead others to You through our own words and life. In Your name we pray, Amen.
Ann Moody is pastor of Wilkesville First Presbyterian Church and the Middleport First Presbyterian Church.