Introduction: We should be saved and growing Christians. And we should be trying to help others get saved and growing in their discipleship as well. Disciples make for better family members, friends, co-workers, business owners, and church members. Our text shows how Andrew reached out to his brother Simon and got him connected to Jesus. Our discussion centers around, “People like Andrew should reach people like Simon for Jesus.”
1. Saved and Growing. Notice in John 1:40 that Andrew had a reputation for at least being religious at the time of our text. We should have a reputation for being saved and growing in our discipleship.
This means that we have accepted Jesus as our savior by faith and we are focused on loving God and others, as ourselves. Let’s make sure that we are saved and growing in our discipleship.
2. Reaching. Notice in John 1:41-42 that Andrew reached out to his brother. In like manner, we should be known for reaching out to people (see Mt. 28:19-20). It seems that some are distracted by their own sins. But we should still reach and strive to grow with those we are reaching for.
Some seem to be distracted by the sins of others. We should remember that Jesus came to save those who are lost. Some seem to be too apathetic. We seem more concerned with our preferences, empty traditional sanctuaries, and the like than with the souls of people.
More of us need to live by passages like Luke 14:23; I Corinthians 9:20-23. Let’s work on reaching people for the Lord. This calls for meeting people, building relationships, and influencing them to get right with God, in non-traditional ways.
3. Try and let them decide. Notice in Luke 22:49-51 that Peter may have had some rough spots in his life. However, Andrew reached to him anyway.
Many of us have loved ones who have rough spots (e.g., children, relatives, friends who have substance abuse issues, criminal past, sexual issues, violence, lazy, cuss and fuss, never pay you back, etc.), but we still love them.
Our loved ones can look like they will say “no,” but if we give them a chance, they may say “yes.” We should use the power of our relationships and service to help people get right with God (see Jn. 4:42; Mt. 5:16). Let’s make sure we are trying and letting people make their own decisions about Jesus.
4. Jesus can make a difference. Notice in Acts 3:6-8 that we see God doing great things through Simon Peter. In like manner, God can do so much in and through the lives of our loved ones, after God gets ahold of them. God can turn drunks, liars, people with violent tendencies, and more around.
Just as God did so much through the life of just Abram, Moses, and Mary, God can do great things though the lives of the one person that you help get connected to God. Let’s live like we believe that God can make a difference in the lives of others. This kind of living should be known for inviting and trying to bring people with us to worship and growth groups, so we can grow together.
5. It is not always easy. Notice in John 1:40-42 that things seem to have worked out so smoothly. Some may say they have tried and their people just don’t want to be bothered with Jesus.
Sometimes we need to give our people another chance. Sometimes we need to move on to more receptive people. I Corinthians 3:6-7 is a great text to keep in mind. Let’s be faithful in our sowing and watering of seeds with confidence that God will provide the increase, as He sees fit.
Here are some encouraging scriptures to keep in mind I Corinthians 15:58; Galatians 6:9; Hebrews 13:5b; Philippians 4:19Please click here to let us know, if this has been quality and helpful information for you (i.e., make sure you let us know the name of the article). Feel free to share your questions and comments about the article as well.