by Marvin D. Patterson

Andrew: The Determined Disciple
Marvin D. Patterson
John 1:35-42

Lyman Beecher was a great theologian and scholar. In his day, he was considered to be one of the greatest thinkers and minds in the world. Someone asked Lyman Beecher one time, "Mr. Beecher, what is the greatest thing anyone could do on this earth. Mr. Beecher pondered that question for a long time, and he replied, "Friend, the greatest thing anyone could ever do is not to 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 to bring another human being to the Lord Jesus Christ!"

Friends, if that be true, then Andrew may be the greatest of all the Apostles because every time you see Andrew, he is bringing someone to Jesus. Andrew was not the most well known or the most popular of all the disciples, for he was an everyday common man who fell in love with Jesus Christ, and God took him and used him in a mighty way.

Andrew dispels the myth that you cannot serve the Lord unless you are popular or multi-talented. Andrew is just an ordinary disciple with an extra ordinary Lord! Jesus spent time with ordinary people, for He met with Kings, and dignitaries, but Jesus called ordinary men as His disciples. Andrew was just such a man.

Someone once said, "God must love the ordinary people, for He made so many of them. Friends, you may not be a King David, who wrote many of the beautiful Psalms, or a Simon Peter who preached on the Day of Pentecost and 3000 were saved. You may not be a Moses, who led over 2 million Jews out of the Egyptian bondage into the Promised Land, but you can be an Andrew! For his trademark was that he was always bringing people to Jesus.

In the sight of the world, Andrew played second fiddle to Peter. He is known as the brother of Peter. He is always in the shadow of Simon Peter. And yet, it was Andrew who brought Peter to Jesus! If there were not an Andrew, there would ...

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