It’s obvious from Scripture that Andrew didn’t make first chair. That spot went to his better known brother, Peter. While Andrew was the first disciple to follow Jesus, his seniority did not translate into a place of prominence among the twelve. That was reserved for the trio of Peter, James, and John. Andrew was the only member of the foursome not included.
To his credit, Andrew didn’t quit the ministry team in a huff and go back to his fishing nets. He humbly accepted his role in the kingdom and played it to the best of his ability. While there is no record of Andrew preaching to multitudes with thousands responding to the altar call, we do see him behind the scenes working with individuals and bringing them to Jesus.
One of those was his own brother, Simon Peter. Peter the rock. Peter the leader of the twelve. Peter the preacher of the inaugural message of the Church on the Day of Pentecost. Peter the author of two New Testament epistles.
Whenever we meet Andrew in the Bible he is usually identified as, “Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother.” Oh, that Andrew! Peter was given the starring role. Andrew was a member of the supporting cast. But consider this: Had it not been for Andrew, there may not have been a Simon Peter. It was Andrew who introduced Peter to Jesus.
We all have our parts to play in the grand scheme of the eternal purposes of God. Not everyone plays quarterback. Not everyone makes first chair. But everyone is important, and every role necessary. True success is to play the part God has given to you to the best of your ability.
So here is to Andrew; the guy who played second fiddle and played it really well. Whether you are an Andrew or a Simon Peter, be faithful. And whatever you are called upon to do, do it with all your heart to the glory of God!
Pastor Todd Weston