Aim To Be An "Andrew"
by Heath Rogers

Other than Peter, James and John, we know very little about the apostles individually. However, the apostle Andrew is mentioned three times in the gospel of John, and each time he is doing something worthy of our attention and imitation; he is bringing people to Jesus.

The first time Andrew is mentioned is when he meets Jesus. "One of the two who heard John speak, and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. He first found his own brother Simon, and said to him, 'We have found the Messiah' (which is translated, the Christ). And he brought him to Jesus" (John 1:40-42). Andrew didn't know much about Jesus, but he knew enough to make it a priority to get his brother and bring him to Jesus. Without Andrew, there would have been no apostle Peter.

The second time we read of Andrew is when Jesus feeds the five thousand. A multitude had come to Jesus, and He asked Philip where they could get bread to feed them. Philip responded that they did not have the means to purchase enough bread to satisfy that many people. "One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, said to Him, 'There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?'" (John 6:8-9). Without Andrew, Jesus would not have had any food to multiply and give to the people.

The last time Andrew is mentioned is when Jesus is in Jerusalem preparing for His death. Some Greeks had come to worship at the feast, and expressed a desire to see Jesus. Philip brought this request to Andrew, and together "Andrew and Philip told Jesus" (John 12:22). Jesus did not allow the encounter, seeing it was time for His departure, but Andrew had tried to bring the Greeks to Jesus.

Are you an "Andrew"? Do you seek to bring people to Jesus? Do you know anyone who needs the Lord? Why not invite them to worship services or Bible class? If you don't, who will?