Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Lessons from the Apostle Andrew

Scripture doesn't have much to say about Andrew. He is is mostly a background character, usually in the shadow of his brother Peter and his friends, James and John. But when Andrew acts and speaks, it is pure gold. John MacArthur, in is great book Twelve Ordinary Men notes the following attributes about Andrew:

  • He valued individual people. He was always bringing others, including his own brother, to Christ (see John 1:40-41 and John 12:20-22).
  • He valued insignificant gifts. He was the one who brought the boys lunch of five loaves and two fish to Jesus when it was time to feed the 5,000 (see John 6:8-9)
  • He valued inconspicuous service. He was happy to stay in the background, playing second fiddle. He didn't need to be the center of attention, but faithfully served Christ, giving Him all the glory.
For these reasons, he was an effective personal evangelist and a great model for us to follow.

Oh Lord, raise up more Andrews in the church!

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