How should we react to our fellow Christians who are more gifted and God, out of his grace, chooses to use them more than us? This question lingered in my mind as I reflected on the life of Andrew one of the twelve apostles of Jesus.
According to the Gospel by John, Andrew and John were the first people to join Jesus’ ministry. Later on Andrew brought his elder brother, Peter to join the ministry too (1:35-42). In no time, Peter acquired a leading role among the apostles of Christ. When Jesus decided to form his inner circle, he opted for Peter John and James leaving Andrew out.
Apostle Andrew could have been bitter and developed resentment toward the chosen three. He would have even also challenged Jesus: “What’s wrong with you Master? Why leaving an old-timer like me and picking up younger James who has just joined the ministry recently to be in your inner circle?”
Surprisingly, however, Andrew was content to serve Christ in whatever capacity despite being the first person to join Jesus’ ministry. We don’t even read a lot about Andrew in the Bible. It seems that what mattered most to Apostle Andrew was serving God faithfully. He cared little who got the credit or prominence.
This is what we need in the Church today. Sometimes, we fight for positions and roles of influence forgetting that it is not the positions that matter most rather it is our faithful service to Christ that pleases God most.
We also learn from Andrew that when people more gifted than us come from behind and acquire leading roles, we ought not to fuss about it. As long as Christ gets the glory, all is well.
10 thoughts on “Great Lesson from the Life of Apostle Andrew”
Amen! We usually see Andrew bringing people to Jesus. And isn’t that a great role?!!!
Linden, that is indeed a great role. We are to exalt Him and Him alone like John the Baptist said, “Let Him increase while I decrease.” Thanks for your comment.
Amen! It seems like we always see Andrew bringing people to Jesus. Great role, I think!
Great posting I agree with you fully. Andrew has set a great example for us to follow.
Thanks Rob. May God indeed grant us the grace to follow the example.
Thank you for this great article ..I really enjoy’d reading of Andrews choice of position and humbeling of himself to the Lord…
Thanks Bro Pat. To God alone be the glory!
Aman; my friend..
Yes indeed, the role of Andrew is greatly needed in the Church today. Remember Andrew did not only bring people to Jesus but has the eye to see great thing the anointing. he also sees great things in a small thing when brought the boy with bread and fishes to Jesus. He is a great man of God we need to all learn from.
Thanks pastor for visiting the blog and for your comment. God bless.