John 6:8-9 Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”
Andrew was a good kid. Probably still a teenager, he was perhaps the second youngest after John. He was obviously a God-seeker, being listed as a disciple of John the Baptist and leading his own brother Simon to Jesus. (John 2:40-42) Faced with an overwhelming need/task, rather than freezing up, he offered whatever was available to Jesus, even though he himself had no idea what Jesus would do with it. Of course, what Jesus did with it was spectacular, being told in probably every Sunday School on the planet. The point for us, I think, is to be honest about whatever resources we have at hand, but trust that God can do more with them than “all we could ask or think.” (Ephesians 3;20) Andrew had a level of trust that led him to action. He didn’t seem to spout off at the mouth like his brother did, but he didn’t hold back when things needed to be done. Andrew is quoted mostly in reference to evangelism, but it was the trusting obedience that led him to do it. Like Paul, he “knew whom he had believed,” (2 Timothy 1:12) and that knowledge let him to full obedience and the desire for others to know Jesus as well. If we try to evangelize without the foundation of obedient trust, we will fail. The irony is that such failure destroys some people’s faith, showing that it wasn’t secure in the first place. We need to remember that faith and love are intertwined, and will always produce obedience. We can’t generate either faith or love, but we can decide to obey, and that’s an excellent place to start.
Wow! I didn’t expect that when I started reading! I’ve certainly had my struggles with obedience, even though I haven’t doubted the Bible since I was a child. I proclaimed my love for Jesus by the time I was five and was baptized at seven, but my obedience was certainly spotty. Even today I have to keep watch over my obedience. If God says to do something, He will provide everything necessary, and the results are up to Him. Sometimes His purpose in having me do something isn’t at all what I imagine, and sometimes it is a complete mystery. My job isn’t to figure it all out, but to obey, trusting that His plan is excellent, even if I don’t seen the fruit of it in this life. That can be really difficult at times, but God is more interested in my character than my comfort, and I am grateful.
Father, thank You for Your perfect faithfulness. Thank You for the awareness that I am far less than perfectly faithful. Help me keep growing, keep drawing closer to You, so that Christ may indeed be formed in me, (Galatians 4:19) drawing many to Your salvation for Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!