The Master’s Men – Andrew

 I apologize for my delayed blogging.  I intended to write about the book I am devouring right now about the twelve men who went after Jesus, but it’s been a while since I have written.

I want to say a few words about the Apostle Andrew that I have been mulling over.

Andrew was Peter’s brother but was probably the least known of the four lead apostles: Peter, Andrew, James, and John. Andrew was the first disciple to be called and immediately after Jesus found him he began exercising his spiritual gift of bringing others to Jesus.

I am so drawn to Andrew. Not because of his flashy, domineering personality – that actually belonged to his brother Peter – but Andrew had a quality I think a lot of us Christians could benefit from. Andrew had the perfect heart for doing ministry in the background. He did not demand the spotlight or center of attention, but actually thrived in serving behind the scenes. He was thankful for the gifts God had blessed him with and willing to do the best he could with what he was given.

Now don’t be fooled, Andrew wasn’t as meek and mild-hearted as he appears. He also had other characteristics of manliness. He was bold, decisive, and deliberate. He had a passion for Truth which drove him whole heartedly in pursuit of Jesus.

Another quality of Andrew’s that I truly admire and desire in my own life was the way he the saw value of individual people. Just about every time Andrew is mentioned in the Gospel’s, he is bringing someone to Jesus…I love that!  Andrew was poised and comfortable at introducing others to Jesus, because he did it so often. In john 1 Andrew brought Peter to Christ. In John 6, during the feeding of the five thousand, it was Andrew who brought the boy with five loaves and two fish to Christ. The other disciples didn’t know what to do. Andrew was not confused when someone wanted to see Jesus. He understood that Jesus would reach out to anyone who wanted to see him. So Andrew simple brought them to Jesus.

This is a quote from John MacArthur the author of this book which I believe is astoundingly prophetic:

                One thing I have observed in all my years of ministry is that the most effective and important aspects of evangelism usually takes place on an individual, personal level. Most people do not come to Christ as an immediate response to sermon they hear in a crowded setting. They come to Christ because of the influence of an individual.”

“There’s no question that the most effective way of bringing people to Christ is one at a time, on a personal basis. Too many Christians think that because they can’t speak in front of groups or because they don’t have leadership gifts, they are not responsible to evangelize. There are few who, like Andrew, understand the value of befriending one person and bringing him or her to Christ.”

As far as we know, Andrew never preached to multitudes or founded any churches. He never wrote an epistle. He isn’t mentioned in the book of Acts or any of the epistles. The Bible doesn’t record what happened to Andrew after Pentecost. Whatever role he played in early Church history, he remained behind the scenes. Andrew’s legacy is the example he left to show us that in effective ministry it’s often the little things that count. What an Amazing Man of God!!

The Master’s Men

John MacArthur

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  1. Andrew RULES!


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