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It’s become a habit for me, and weirdly enough, my phone even knows it. My handheld device automatically pulls up the website early in the morning, so that all I have to do is roll over and click on the tab. In less than a few seconds, the Word of God gleams at me from across the screen.
One morning last week, I continued my habit and clicked on the “Verse of the Day” as normal. This particular day, the verse read, “The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, ‘We have found the Messiah!’” John 1:41-42.
It tickled me a little when I read it because in actuality, They didn’t find the Messiah. Jesus found them. Yet, I digress.
The author of the site — Phil Ware — pointed out that we don’t know much about Andrew. We do know that he brought people to the Lord and that he told Peter about Jesus. Other than that, his list of achievements for the Kingdom seems all but absent.
Yet, think about it. What would have happened to the kingdom of God if Andrew had not told Peter? How many people would have missed out on hearing about the Messiah if Peter had not known about Jesus? While Andrew’s “list of achievements” may be all but missing, Peter’s is definitely not. Under his preaching, thousands, literally thousands, came to Christ, and we even feel the effect of his ministry today. Peter also penned at least two books in the New Testament: I Peter and II Peter.
There’s truly no telling what advancement the Kingdom of God felt and feels, because Peter found Christ — at Andrew’s urging.
We don’t know what would have happened if Andrew had decided to keep this knowledge of the Savior to himself, but I can imagine that the world of Christendom would be very different without Peter’s influence.
What am I getting at? Well, think about it. Think about the times you may have considered your role in the Kingdom (or in the Church, for that matter) a little insignificant. Maybe you’re a children’s Sunday school teacher preparing the same lessons each week for the same group of kids, just praying that one day all this will sink in, and they will “get it.” But right now, there doesn’t seem to be any fruit of your labor.
Maybe you are a “behind-the-scenes” kind of person, volunteering in the nursery while no one else sees or is even appreciative of the effort you put forth to take care of their little ones. You feel like you aren’t really making a difference. After all, you’re just taking care of babies. (By the way, for those of us who have utilized your service to the Lord through this ministry, you are doing so much more than just taking care of babies!)
If so — if this is you right now, discouraged in your significance in the Kingdom — can I remind you of Andrew? Can I remind you that if you are indeed fulfilling the call that God has placed on your life — living worthy of Him — the results of your labor is far-reaching. You may never see the fruit, but it’s there, growing and building and showing itself strong on His behalf.
So, be faithful. Be true to His Word. Tell others — bring them to Christ, assuring them that you have found the Messiah. In this way and many others, your impact is significant, my friend. You may never know how much so — but then again, you just might!
Prayer: “Father, thank You that even when I don’t see it, You are working in me and through me to build Your kingdom. Thank You for encouraging me today in this. I love You, Lord.”
Steve and Belinda Kirk write the “Everyday Grace” devotional for the Johnstonian News. Reach them at 919-449-5745 and firstname.lastname@example.org.