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JITHM Weekly Diplomat Corner – Devotional

SUNDAY OCTOBER 20, 2019

Bringing People to Jesus 

He first found his own brother Simon, and said to him, “We have found the Messiah”(which is translated, the Christ). JOHN 1:41

People become known for many things. Noah is known as a righteous man in an evil age. David is known as the man after God’s own heart. Peter is known as the outspoken disciple. John is known as the disciple whom Jesus loved. Judas is known as the betrayer. Paul is known as a fearless proclaimer of the gospel. Andrew is known for bringing others to Jesus.

The first person Andrew brought to Jesus was his brother Peter. As soon as Peter joined the disciples, he became the spokesperson for the Twelve, while Andrew remained in the background. It was Peter, not Andrew, who rose to prominence as one of Jesus’ inner circle of three. We do not read of Andrew resenting Peter, it seems he was satisfied to bring others to Jesus and leave to Him.

It is not surprising that Andrew found the boy with loaves and fishes and brought him to Jesus (John 6:8-9). Andrew brought Greeks to Jesus, even though they were despised by pious Jews (John 12:20-22). There is no record of Andrew ever preaching a sermon, performing a miracle, or writing a book of Scripture. He is remembered for those whom he brought to Jesus.

Andrew is a good role model for us. Our job is not to transform people into Christians nor to convict them of their sin. It is not our responsibility to make people do what they ought to do. Our task is to bring them to Jesus, and He will perform His divine work in their lives.

Prayer: Almighty, as You did in the ancient days, pour your anointing on me to Hear Your Voice, received Your Word in all that I do and to obey Your Word forever, to expand Your Kingdom on earth, in the mighty Name of Jesus. (Isa. 6:8-13) HSMP

 

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