[ANDREW – UNDERSTATED SIGNIFICANCE] John 1.35-42 03.10.2019
Ordinary People. Extraordinary Calling | CFA | Pastor Tracy Cook
TEXTJohn 1.35-42 ESV
35 The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples, 36 and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!”37 The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. 38 Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, “What are you seeking?” And they said to him, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?” 39 He said to them, “Come and you will see.” So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour. 40 One of the two who heard John speak and followed Jesus was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 41 He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means Christ). 42 He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John. You shall be called Cephas” (which means Peter).
Matthew 4.19 ESV19 And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
- THE WORTH OF ORDINARY PEOPLE
Lad with Loaves and Fishes, John 6.1-9 ESV
5 Lifting up his eyes, then, and seeing that a large crowd was coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?” 6 He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he would do. 7 Philip answered him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread would not be enough for each of them to get a little.” 8 One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, 9 “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are they for so many?”
Andrew knew what to do, and he did it.
- THE VALUE OF COMMON GIFTS
“No gift is insignificant in the hands of Jesus. God’s ability to use a gift is in no way hindered or enhanced by the size of that gift. And it is the sacrificial faithfulness of the giver, not the size of the gift; that is the true measure of the gift’s significance.”
God uses ordinary people and mundane objects. Luke 21.1-4
- THE SIGNIFICANCE OF UNDERSTATED SERVICE
Mark 9.35“If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.”
- Do you see worth in ordinary people who need Jesus?
- Do you value common resources available for God to multiply?
- Do you find significance in your own “unremarkable” service to the Lord?