Serve in the shadow God places you…
The New Testament introduces him as “Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother.” Peter’s shadow is cast over Andrew from the beginning. Andrew is mentioned 12 times in the NT and in 10 of those, he is mentioned alongside Peter and Peter is mentioned more than 150 times.
Andrew was a disciple of John the Baptist, was one of Jesus’ very first disciples and, in fact, Andrew went and “found his own brother Simon” and brought him to Jesus (John 1:41-42).
But Jesus had bigger plans for Simon than He did for Andrew. Simon became Peter (the Rock). Peter got the press. Andrew didn’t and served in his brother’s shadow.
Andrew had learned that “a person cannot receive even one thing unless it is given him from heaven” (John 3:27). So Andrew knew and was quite comfortable that any blessing he had was due to the Lord’s grace and he learned to be content in his role. John saw Jesus’ rise and his own decline in prominence and said with joy, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:30)
This is the cry of every servant of the Lord. This entire thing isn’t about our prominence. It is about Jesus’ prominence. To God be the glory. Not me.
The world preaches the gospel of “It is all about me”. Our society is drunk on self-satisfaction, me-first thinking… “I just want what I want”. Jesus preaches a very different Gospel.
Be content with what you have. (Hebrews 13:5)
Be faithful with what you have been given. (Matthew 25:21)
Humble yourself under God’s mighty hand, trusting that He will exalt you at the proper time in the proper way (1 Peter 5:6).
Be like Andrew – this shadow servant was faithful, obedient, responsive, trusted, willing and courageous. He continued to preach and plant churches until he was martyred by crucifixion about 30 years after Jesus’ death.
It isn’t about me. It is all about Him. To God be the glory. Live UP.