[Andrew] first found his own brother Simon and told him, “We have found the Messiah!” (which means “Anointed One”), and he brought Simon to Jesus. (John 1:41-42a)
I like Andrew because he was always bringing somebody to Jesus: his brother or a lad with some fish and bread or some Gentiles who wanted to see Jesus. While Andrew lacked the name recognition that his brother Peter had, it was Andrew’s fervor and desire to share the exciting news, “We have found the Messiah!” It was an incredible message, but there was a simplicity in it that God used to bring Peter to Jesus.
I am reminded of the Andrews in my life who preferred the background rather than center stage, but loved God and shared a profound but simple message, “Jesus saves!” Edith Fern and Marie were faithful Sunday School teachers who consistently invited children of all ages to trust in Jesus for the forgiveness of sin and the promise of eternal life. They encouraged their students to memorize God’s Word and hide it in our hearts so that we might not sin against God. Their lives challenge me today to bring people to the Lord.
PRAYER PROMPT: Heavenly Father, may we all have a desire to bring people to Jesus beginning in our homes and communities. Lord, help us to share the good news clearly and effectively. Amen.
Kevin Carrothers serves as pastor of Rochester FBC and president of IBSA.
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