In John 1:40-42, one of John’s two disciples who saw Jesus and followed Him was Andrew. In the very short time that he was in the presence of Jesus, he saw something that was so attractive and compelling, that Andrew “first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah (which means Christ). He brought him to Jesus.” Notice these points about this process:
- Andrew accepted the invitation of Jesus to “Come and you will see” (1:39).
- He could not keep the joy of his new relationship to himself but must tell someone else of the treasure he had found, “the Messiah”!
- It was not enough to tell his brother what he had found, Andrew “brought Simon to Jesus.”
- From this micro discipling move of Andrew, Simon (Peter) also became a disciple and eventually an apostle.
We know from the Gospels and the Book of Acts that Peter became a powerful servant in God’s hand under the control of the Spirit. In a sense, Peter became more effective than his brother Andrew. Are you willing to be an influence in someone else’s life so they are discipled into a closer, fruitful walk with the Lord?