"The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, "We have found the Messiah" (that is Christ)." John 1:41 (NIV)
The white tombstones. The red, white and blue flags. All lined up in a row. There is something about the picture above that has always brought the words Unsung Heroes to my mind. Each Memorial Day, it is hard not to be grateful for the thousands of men and women who have unselfishly given their lives to let us have the freedoms we have in the United States. Yes, I agree, every day should be Memorial Day. Yet, this last Monday of May has always brought reflection, and thanks, to the many who have died so we could have the freedoms we enjoy.
It made me think about the unsung heroes in the Bible. There are so many who have given unselfishly of themselves in honor of God. I thought it would be fun to explore some of these unsung heroes during the next 4-5 weeks. I am certain that there are hundreds, but let's take a look into a few.
Today, I would like to focus on Andrew. We don't hear a lot about him. Yes, we know he was a disciple, but Andrew tended to take a backseat to his brother, Peter. We read much about Peter and know at times he was a pivotal disciple. Yet, Peter would have never have known Jesus if it wasn't for Andrew. As our Bible verse shares, the FIRST thing that Andrew did was tell his brother, Simon Peter, that Jesus was there.
Andrew was known as the one who brought people to Jesus. He brought Simon Peter. He brought the little boy who had the bread and fish to Jesus to feed the thousands. Many times throughout the Bible he is referred to as Peter's brother, typically not referred to as just Andrew. It seems as if Peter got the "limelight" and Andrew was in the background. Yet, he brought many to Jesus and was more interested in saving lives than the notoriety.
Remember, when we believe that we don't have what it takes to bring people to Jesus, let us be like Andrew. He stood out in faith and just told people. He shared the good news and brought the necessary people to Jesus to do outstanding things. Yes, Peter may have been a primary figure in Christianity, but he never would have been without Andrew. We all have Andrew moments - when we can bring those to Jesus. We never know what those good people will do. On this Memorial Day, please remember the unsung heroes of our military. Also, remember Andrew - an unsung hero of the Bible.
"Dearest Jesus, please be with all the families that have lost loved ones who died in service to our country. Those men and women fought for our freedoms, that we might be able to say your name proudly today. We also want to thank you for the great examples we have of unsung heroes in the Bible. Let us be like Andrew, bringing people to Jesus so that they can do mighty things. In your name we pray. Amen!"