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 1:41 (NIV)
“Friend, the greatest thing anyone could ever do is not be a rocket scientist, or a medical doctor, or a world wide leader such as a president, but the greatest thing anyone could ever do is bring another human being to the Lord Jesus Christ!” -Lyman Beecher (theologian and scholar)
He is not the most well–known of the disciples. In fact, he is mentioned as “one of the 12.” He is remembered as being the brother of Peter. Andrew was an ordinary man who loved and faithfully followed Jesus. God took this ordinary fisherman by trade and used him in a powerful way.
Before following Jesus, Andrew and his friend John were disciples of the prophet John the Baptist. In the story (John 1:35-42) John identifies Jesus as “the Lamb of God” and He invites them to spend the day learning His purpose.
After spending the day with Jesus, Andrew couldn’t keep it to himself. He shared his news with Peter. Impressed with what he heard they both became disciples of Jesus. If it hadn’t been for Andrew leading his brother to Christ, there would never have been a preacher called Peter who preached at Pentecost (Acts 2:14-36).
Andrew was always bringing people to Jesus: his brother, the young boy with the fish (John 6:8), and the Greeks (John 12:20-21). He was fulfilled bringing others into a relationship with Jesus. He was a “people person.” Thank goodness for the Andrews of this world.
Thank you, Edward Kimball.
In 1854, Kimball was a Sunday School teacher in Detroit, and one day he went to visit a 17–year-old boy who was in his Sunday School class who had little interest in God or religion. During his visit with this young man at his job in a shoe shop, he led the boy into a relationship with Christ. That young man was D.L. Moody, who went on to become one of the greatest evangelists in the world, sharing the gospel with 100 million people, as well as founding Moody Bible Institute and The Moody Church in Chicago.
Thank you Dr. Mordecai Ham.
The world already knows that Dr. Graham was converted during a meeting conducted by Dr. Mordecai Ham in Charlotte, N.C., in 1934. Dr. Ham relates: “Two young high school boys attended our meeting. They thought that everything I said was directed their way; so they decided to take seats in the choir, where I couldn’t point my finger at them. They didn’t pretend to be singers, but they wanted to be behind me.”
Dr. Ham continues, “One night a man spoke to them during the invitation and said, ‘Come on; let’s go up front.’ Billy and Grady both went to the altar. Billy was saved, and Grady dedicated his life to Christian service.”
When you spend time with the Lord, you will want to tell someone what you’ve experienced.
If God can use a shoe salesman, He can certainly use me!
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