Knee Jerk Devotional: February 19, 2021
The next day John was back at his post with two disciples, who were watching. He looked up, saw Jesus walking nearby, and said, "Here he is, God's Passover Lamb."
The two disciples heard him and went after Jesus. Jesus looked over his shoulder and said to them, "What are you after?"
They said, "Rabbi" (which means "Teacher"), "where are you staying?"
He replied, "Come along and see for yourself."
They came, saw where he was living, and ended up staying with him for the day. It was late afternoon when this happened.
Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, was one of the two who heard John's witness and followed Jesus. The first thing he did after finding where Jesus lived was find his own brother, Simon, telling him, "We've found the Messiah" (that is, "Christ"). He immediately led him to Jesus.
Jesus took one look up and said, "You're John's son, Simon? From now on your name is Cephas" (or Peter, which means "Rock").
When we encounter Jesus we are changed.
Have you ever noticed how little press Andrew gets?
Peter, James, John, Paul…these guys get all the ink. But Andrew? He really doesn’t get much.
But when you think about it, where would things be without Andrew? He understood early on who Jesus was and what he was about. There was no hesitation. There was no wondering. He listened to John the Baptist’s teaching and then when Jesus showed up he knew this was the guy.
That’s pretty remarkable.
He didn’t just know but he started telling people. Most notably his brother, Simon Peter. Then Andrew pretty well fades out of the story.
You have to wonder, did he ever want to get more notoriety? Did he ever feel like, “Hey, I started this thing! I brought you guys into it, where’s the love?”
But, we don’t have that told to us in the record. So, we can only assume that he was simply a humble guy, a meek guy, one who wanted to invite those closest to him into a relationship with the Messiah. Andrew appears to be a footnote, but the impact of one little conversation with his brother is almost impossible to comprehend.
Have you ever thought about the impact you can have in the life of a person with just one little conversation? In one conversation you change the life of a person and leave an impact that is beyond anything you can hope or imagine.
How will you use your conversations today? What matters most to you? What are you inviting people into? These are all questions for us to wrestle with during this season of Lent.