The First Thing He Did
As I write, it’s 30th November, St Andrew’s Day. I’m not sure why St Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland (and Romania, Greece, Russia, Ukraine and Poland) but it’s got me thinking about him. Unlike his brother, Andrew doesn’t feature prominently on the pages of Scripture. There’s a lot we don’t know about him. And yet what we do know is this; when he had met with Jesus,
“the first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, ‘We have found the Messiah’”John 1:41
That’s the one thing above all that the Bible records about the life of Andrew. I’m sure he said and did many other things but the main thing Scripture would have us see is that having met Jesus, he goes and gets his brother. He doesn’t try to keep it to himself. Having found the One that God’s people have been watching and waiting for, the anointed King who would set his people free from sin and death and hell, Andrew’s priority is to pass on the good news.
And so his life leaves us with a challenge, do we have that same sense of excitement and urgency, or are we quite content to keep things as they are?
”How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?”Romans 10:14
May we have the desire and the faith to bring people to Jesus believing that with God all things are possible.
Yours in Christ Jesus