Finding Your Brother

Finding Your Brother

40 One of the two who heard John speak, and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 41 He first found his own brother Simon, and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated, the Christ). 42 And he brought him to Jesus. Now when Jesus looked at him, He said, “You are Simon the son of Jonah. You shall be called Cephas” (which is translated, A Stone).

John 1:40-42

The Gospel could have been so different if Andrew hadn’t gone and found his brother. Peter is one of the central disciples of Jesus. Both in good ways and bad, he helped shape the story and history that we know today. Peter even was used to write letters found today in our Bibles. None of the other disciples dared walk on the water when Jesus was standing outside of the boat. It was Peter who chopped an ear off. It was Peter who fought to not have his feet washed. It was Peter who first proclaimed Jesus as the Son of God. It was also Peter who was called as Satan.

All of this happened because of Andrew his brother. Andrew, being with John the Baptist, saw Jesus and heard that he was the Lamb of God. John pointed at Jesus and Andrew followed. But he didn’t stop there. In his heart he knew that he had to share this big news with his brother. He shared the news and also brought Peter to Jesus. Those two acts changed Jesus’ life and the Bible forever.

Have you ever had the same desire? Have you had information or knowledge that you couldn’t help but share with others. Maybe it was a sports thing or some personal achievement. Maybe it was some gossip that was shocking to the ear. But what about Jesus? Have you also burned inside to share the gospel?

We can see all the possibilities of life the way God does. We don’t know what a simple decision here or there can change the world in drastic ways. How many times has we let moments pass by? How many times have we done something that we had no idea would have such drastic effects?

This is why being connected to the Spirit and being led by him is so important. God knows what we don’t. He knows those moments and can guide us to them. We can be an Andrew in someone’s life if we are open to it.

God bless,

Pr. Steven Couto