John 1:35-42 “Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples; And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God! And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou? He saith unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour. One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ. And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone.”
Text John 1:42 “And he brought him to Jesus.”
When you study the life of Andrew, you will find that he falls into the class of ordinary. Andrew preached no great sermons, performed no miracles, and wrote no books. Andrew was like most of us; we’re not at the top and we’re not on the bottom, simply stuck somewhere in the middle. But the thing that is worthy of our attention is the fact that while Andrew was ordinary, he was usable. Andrew was usable because of his motivation, “He first findeth his own brother” (vs.41). Andrew delighted in finding people that needed to come into contact with Jesus. Please note the word “first.” This reveals that while Peter would be his first, he would not be his last! The truth is most of us aren’t finding people because we aren’t looking. Andrew was usable because of his message, “We have found . . . the Christ” (vs.41). Andrew had found the one of whom the Bible spoke, and Andrew would speak of Him. Andrew was usable because of his mission, “And he brought him to Jesus” (vs.42). While Andrew could see the need, only Jesus could meet the need. Much like the four men in Luke 5, whose friend was taken with palsy, if anyone is going to get the help they need, we must do whatever it takes to get them to Jesus. The songwriter was right when he wrote, “People need the Lord.” You like Andrew, may not have a list of great attributes or abilities, but God can use you if you have the right motive, message, and mission.