Tuesday, January 15th

Andrew and Peter's Calling-  caravaggio.jpg

“Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, ‘We have found the Messiah!’ (that is, the Christ). And he brought him to Jesus. John 1:40-42

We don’t hear much about Andrew. He never preached a sermon like his brother Simon Peter on Pentecost. He never worked great miracles like Peter. He never wrote epistles as Peter did. But Andrew had the distinction of being the one who brought his brother to Jesus. Perhaps I can’t remember the “Andrew” who cared enough for my soul to tell me about Jesus. Was it Christian parents who brought me to the baptismal font? Was it a pastor or teacher who took the time to tell me about the Savior? Was it a spouse who loved me so much that s/he wanted me to know the One who loved me even more? The name of my Andrew doesn’t really matter all that much. What does matter is the question, To whom will I be an Andrew? It’s not hard to be an Andrew and tell someone about the Lamb who takes away sin. All I need to do is repeat Andrew’s words: “We have found the Messiah.” I don’t have to argue like some learned theologian. After all, the Bible is fact, and you don’t argue facts. You simply state them. I don’t need to convert someone to faith. All I need to do is point to that Lamb and let the Holy Spirit do the rest. But like Andrew, once the Lamb is in my heart, point I must and will!

Lord, help me be an Andrew; help me to tell all I can about the Lamb who takes away sin. Amen.