Wednesday, October 11th
Devotional written by Pastor Steve Day, Care Pastor
PERSON BY PERSON
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 didn’t begin His ministry by going “livestream” to tens of thousands of people or having a strategic vision driven by a megachurch. He found two guys from John the Baptist’s circle of followers. His marching orders were, “Follow me.” You could call it the Andrew domino effect: Andrew told his brother (probably John). John ended up telling James, and Philip told Nathanael. Someone believed and shared with someone else. They all believed Jesus was the “Christ” they needed.
This evangelistic domino effect started because someone believed that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of the Living God, and told someone else. Someone’s life was changed, and they wanted other people to know. Additionally, they didn’t selfishly keep the information to themselves. They all got excited about who Jesus was, and that excitement spilled over into telling their relatives and friends.
“…Jesus said, all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:18-20). Person by person by person.
Reflection: Take a blank piece of paper and answer these two questions. What is the biggest obstacle that keeps you from telling others about Jesus? How can these obstacles be overcome?