St. Andrew United Methodist Church
Saturday, February 17, 2018
Open Minds. Open Hearts. Open Doors.
From the Associate Pastor’s Desk


  “Where Is Your Passion? (John 1:35-42)


     “Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and

      who had followed Jesus.  The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and

      tell him. “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). And he brought him to Jesus.

      Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon, son of John. You will be called Cephas”

      (which, when interpreted, is Peter).


      When I read this passage from John’s Gospel, I’m struck by the absence of details of Andrew’s life.

      Later in the Gospels we learn that Andrew is a fisherman, but for now, all we know is that Andrew

      has the leisure to be a disciple of John, the spunk to follow Jesus after one short sentence

      from John, a day to spend with Jesus, and a desire for his brother to know that he had

      indeed found the Messiah.

      What interests me is that Andrew’s life is remarkably free of appointments and meetings.

      We first meet him as a disciple of John – free to spend hours(and days) with John.

      Andrew then investigates this man Jesus – free to visit Him, free to stay the afternoon.

      What? No conflicts on his calendar? Andrew appears to have stripped his life of all but the

      essentials, and he can indulge  his passion for God and his hunger for the Messiah.


      So what does this mean for us 2000 years Later? Even with our  21st. century lives, I think

      we’re to remember that we’re called to be disciples and that our discipleship should

      determine the structure of our days – even with families  and jobs and neighborhood

      and church and civic responsibilities.


      I’m also interested in the phrase “the first thing” that appears n verse 41. Andrew could

      have done many things after his afternoon with Jesus. Maybe he had to tend to his

      fishing equipment. Maybe he had family responsibilities. Maybe he had projects at home.

      But no – the first thing he did was to tell Simon that he had met the Christ. I try to imagine

      that conversation that night, and I pray for Andrew’s zeal for Christ to always be present in

      my heart as well.






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