Answering the Call

Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings: 2 King 10-12; John 1:29-51

 

40 One of the two disciples who heard what John said and followed Jesus was Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter. 41 He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated Christ). 42 He led him to Jesus.

Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon, son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which is translated Peter).

43 The next day Jesus wanted to go into Galilee, and he found Philip. Jesus said to him, “Follow me.” 44 Philip was from Bethsaida, the hometown of Andrew and Peter.

45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law and the Prophets: Jesus, Joseph’s son, from Nazareth.”

46 Nathanael responded, “Can anything from Nazareth be good?”

Philip said, “Come and see.”

47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said about him, “Here is a genuine Israelite in whom there is no deceit.”

48 Nathanael asked him, “How do you know me?”

Jesus answered, “Before Philip called you, I saw you under the fig tree.”

49 Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are God’s Son. You are the king of Israel.”

50 Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these! 51 I assure you that you will see heaven open and God’s angels going up to heaven and down to earth on the Human One.” (John 1:40-51, Common English Bible).

If EVER there was someone living out their call from God before perhaps they even fully knew or understood their call, it is probably Andrew. Andrew hadn’t been with Jesus long. John the Baptist pointed Jesus out, as the Messiah. For Andrew and the other disciple of John’s who was there, it was an important moment. They were looking at, they were following,  they were hoping to meet the Messiah. Could this man Jesus really be the Messiah?

Of course, we already know the answer to that question. But for Andrew and his friend, that wouldn’t have been the case at all. Remember, we have the book from which we read. Andrew was living in it.

I love Andrew. He might be my favorite of all the disciples even if I am a little more like impulsive Peter. Andrew impresses me for two reasons.

First, Andrew impresses me because he is only mentioned three times in the Bible. Each time (not including the lists of disciples, he is also listed there) Andrew is bringing someone to meet Jesus. First is today’s lesson. Andrew brings his brother Simon to meet Jesus. And, as we know, Jesus changes Simon’s name to Peter who goes on to become one of the three disciples in Jesus’ inner circle.

The second time we hear from Andrew. Andrew, like last time, is bringing someone to meet Jesus. This time it is a young boy who is carrying with him his sack lunch (John 6:1-15). The boy shares the lunch with Jesus who in turn shares it with the crowd. Because Andrew found a generous boy, the people had something to eat. To me, the real miracle isn’t so much in feeing of 5000 plus people. The real miracle was, there was more food leftover than there was when they started.

The third time we find Andrew, a group of Greeks ask if they can speak to Jesus and Andrew takes them to meet the Messiah (John 12:20-26). Three separate occasions and three people or groups of people Andrew brings to meet Jesus. If we were all to be Andrew’s, think about the difference it could make for our churches.

There is another thing that has always impressed me about Andrew. He was one of the first disciples called by Jesus, yet he wasn’t in Jesus’ inner circle. He was bringing more people to meet Jesus but he wasn’t in the inner circle. He was the one who brought his brother and still he wasn’t in the inner circle. Nowhere do we ever see Andrew angry or jealous or being petty. He just goes along doing the thing Jesus called him to, bringing people to meet the Messiah. It might just make a greater difference for our churches if we had more Andrews.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,
Keith

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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