A New Team – Peter, Andrew, and James
Scripture reading this week: Luke 6:12-19
If you were given the task of launching a world-wide movement that would span the globe, and eventually touch every single human being, who would you put on your team? Practically speaking, you’re need a team of people who possessed a variety of important skills…
- You’d need some people who understood marketing, who could clearly define the mission.
- You’d need some high-level communicators, people who could address a large audience.
- You’d need some strong leaders, who could oversee and direct the organization.
- You’d need some people that could leverage the technology of the day to ensure that the message was communicated as widely as possible.
- You’d want some people with financial skills to manage what would be a large budget
- You’d need a few lawyers to keep things legal.
And you’d have to poach these people from the successful companies that they would already be working for!
That’s not exactly what Jesus did.
Jesus picked twelve men who were everyday folks like you and I, and He tasked them with the most important mission in the history of mankind: Sharing the good news of the gospel message.
This week we’ll be looking at how God instituted a new way to proclaim the goodness of God; Instead of working through a “priesthood” of specially trained men, Jesus set in motion a new thing, the church, made up of people just like you and me. And this new team wouldn’t be made up of “A-teamers,” but B, C, and even a few “D-teamers!”
Let’s take a look at a few…
And when day came, he called his disciples and chose from them twelve, whom he named apostles: Simon, whom he named Peter, and Andrew his brother, and James …(Luke 6:12-14)
Peter was part of Jesus inner circle (Peter, James, John). Peter was a rough man, a fisherman, who emerged as a leader of the disciples, and the early church. But Peter had some weaknesses; He would often “shoot from the lip,” saying things that got him into hot water! Shortly after declaring that he would die with Jesus, Peter denied Christ three times (Matthew 26).
The fact that Jesus chose Peter tells us that God can use hot-headed, impatient people.
Andrew was Peter’s brother, and was originally a disciple of John the Baptist. Andrew is often referenced in scripture as “the brother of Peter,” and so one might presume that Andrew lived in the shadow of his alpha-male brother. Andrew is probably best known for his statement “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are they for so many?” (John 6:9) A practical man, Andrew didn’t see how so little food could be of any help. But when Jesus told him to have the people sit, Andrew obeyed.
The fact that Jesus chose Andrew tells us that God can use practical people who may not always see the big picture, but they’ll obey God anyway.
James was the brother of John, and it would seem the two were inseparable, as his name never appears apart from John. He was a fisherman, and probably also lived in the shadow of his brother. James is probably best known for coming to Jesus with his brother John, and asking for the right and left seats of honor in the coming kingdom (Mark 10:37). My guess is that John put him up to it!
The fact that Jesus chose James tells us that God can use people who are followers.
See, regardless of whether you’re a hot-head, a small picture person, or a follower, God can work through you to impact the world around you. That’s why my tagline is…
We can change the world, one life at a time…