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Andrew [Ăn'drew]—manliness. Brother of Simon Peter, and one of the twelve apostles (Matt. 4:18; 10:2).

The Man Who was the First Missionary

Because he brought his own brother to the newly found Messiah, Andrew earned the distinction of being the first missionary of the cause of Christ (John 1:41). Andrew belonged to Bethsaida of Galilee—was a disciple of John the Baptist—attached himself to Christ with whom he enjoyed a special friendship (Mark 13:3; John 1:35-37). He was ever prompt to help (John 6:8, 9; 12:21, 22). After Christ’s ascension, Andrew preached in Jerusalem. Tradition has it that he was crucified because of his rebuke of Aegeas for obstinate adherence to idolatry. He was nailed to a cross in the form of an X, hence the name St. Andrew’s Cross. Lessons to be learned from Andrew are:

I. It is only in true discipleship that rest can be found.

II. If we cannot perform more conspicuous service we can yet serve the Lord. Although Peter was the spiritual father of the Pentecost converts, Andrew was their spiritual grandfather.

III. We must discover our own gift and the gift in others and guide such into right channels of service.

IV. If we are Christ’s ours will be the passion to lead others to Him.

Devotional content drawn from All the Men of the Bible by Herbert Lockyer. Used with permission.

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