Manly. Brave. Filled with valor.
Andrew is a Greek name that means all of these, and Andrew the Apostle lived up to each one.
Although the name Andrew was in common use in the first century, it’s notable that there’s no equivalent name in either Hebrew or Arabic. To be named Brave was a foretaste of Andrew’s future faithfulness to the burgeoning ministry of Jesus.
Here are 7 Levels of Andrew’s Faithfulness that fulfill his name’s symbolic meaning.
Level No. 1:
Andrew was the first disciple called by Jesus. The Master saw something in Andrew that was vital to his future ministry.
Mark 1:17 gives us the Master’s words, “Follow me.”
Level No. 2:
Andrew was Simon Peter’s brother. Dedication and commitment to the ministry of Jesus ran in the family.
Mark 1:16 reveals their family ties, “Simon and Andrew [were] casting a net into the sea.”
Level No. 3:
Andrew introduced Jesus to his brother, Simon Peter. He instinctively shared the Good News with those he cared about most.
John 1:41 shows Andrew’s priority, “He first found his own brother Simon.”
Level No. 4:
Andrew was the first disciple to see through the world’s hype and uncover the truth of Jesus as the Messiah.
John 1:41 also reveals Andrew’s revelation, “We have found the Messiah.”
Level No. 5:
Andrew brought the boy with the two fishes to Jesus, allowing the Master to feed the Five Thousand.
John 6:9 gives us Andrew’s announcement, “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish.”
Level No. 6:
Andrew repeatedly brought people to Jesus, becoming an archetype of the modern evangelist.
John 12:20-22 shows Andrew in action, “Some Greeks … asked him, ‘Sir, we wish to see Jesus.’ … Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus.”
Level No. 7:
Andrew exemplified the phrase “fishers of men,” at the end of his life embracing crucifixion for his faith.
Matthew 4:19 gives us Jesus’ invitation, “And [Jesus] said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ ”
Andrew stands the test of time. He is a man who wholly embraced the teachings of Jesus. He provides an example we can follow.
Our faithfulness to the Word is what leads others to Christ.
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