“Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of these men who heard what John said and then followed Jesus.” John 1:40
Andrew was the first disciple to follow Jesus. He was a disciple of John the Baptist. When John the Baptist told them that Jesus was the Lamb of God, Andrew went and followed Jesus. Andrew had a very close relationship with Jesus because He was the first to follow Him. Andrew knew that Jesus Christ was the Messiah. He knew that He was the one that they had been waiting for.
There is not much in the Bible about Andrew. We do know that his greatest strength was to lead others to Jesus. The first person that he brought to Jesus was his brother Peter. He knew that the news was too good to keep to himself, so he wanted to tell others. He went to the person that he loved the most; his brother Peter. Andrew lived his life in the shadow of his better known brother Peter. Andrew was not one to want to be out front. He was the person that supported the others in the background. He was more comfortable working as a leader in the background. This is so important. We need more people in our churches that will work in the background to move the church forward. He was bold, decisive, and deliberate. Nothing about him was feeble or weak. He was driven by a hearty passion for the truth, and he was willing to subject himself to the most extreme kind of hardship in pursuit of that objective. Andrew saw the value of individual people. He was known for bringing individuals, not crowds to Jesus. Almost every time we see him in the Gospel, he is bringing someone to Jesus.
Andrew was the first to follow Jesus. He was part of the inner circle, given intimate access to Jesus Christ. Best of all, he had a whole lifetime of doing what he loved best; introducing others to Jesus Christ.