Follow Andrew to Freedom

by Deb Hackett

Then Andrew brought Simon to meet Jesus. Looking intently at Simon, Jesus said, “Your name is Simon, son of John—but you will be called Cephas” (which means “Peter”). John 1:42 NIV

I remember when I was offered writing mentorship. I was at lunch with a friend, and we were working on an upcoming presentation she was giving. Once we finished, it happened. She looked across the table at me. and I got that feeling. You know the one. That feeling. Halfway between nauseous, rabbit in headlights, and so excited you can’t sit still. The spirit was up to something.

“Tell me again what you write?” she asked sweetly, and sipped on her coffee. I politely explained that I was working on a contemporary romance. She expressed disbelief at not knowing my genre. But I’d been deliberate about that. I didn’t want to be ‘that friend’ who always had writing questions. It seems the Lord had other plans.

And so, a day later she was yelling down the phone at me to send her the chapters while I resisted. What I actually wanted to do was completely rearrange the refrigerator, closets, garage, hide under my desk, and throw up.

Have you ever been in that position? Where you’ve been working at a dream, maybe for years, and at the first sign of forward movement you want to run in the other direction? Perhaps you’ve been asked to serve in a particular ministry or offered a new role at work. Then on the eve of fruition, you’re too scared to act.

Or how about this, you take the opportunity, only to be assaulted by crippling doubt. I was privileged to serve on my previous church’s worship team for six years. But even into year six, I battled the voice that whispered I wasn’t good enough, and routinely fought the urge to quit, despite loving the people and the role.

Andrew was the first disciple to be called by Jesus. (Some accounts have him recruited with Simon, but John’s Gospel says Andrew was first). What did Andrew do next? He went and got his brother and brought him to Christ (John 1:40-42). Then a little later in Scripture, some Gentiles come to see Jesus. They approach Philip, but instead of Philip taking them to Jesus, he talks to Andrew, and then they both introduce the visitors to the Lord (John 12:20-23).

In a third instance, Jesus has been preaching to thousands of people, it’s late, and folks are getting hungry. The disciples suggest he send the crowd away, but Jesus tasks them with finding food for them. They are nonplussed. Andrew comes across a small boy, who had five loaves of bread and two fish. Without hesitation, Andrew does what has by now, I think, become second nature. He brings the boy to Jesus. And the rest, is one of the most beloved Bible stories of all time (John 6:1-14).

What we don’t see in any of these events is Andrew second guessing. He doesn’t second guess what he’s got to offer, he doesn’t second guess what people will think, and at no point do we see him worrying about what will happen next.

Andrew knew. He knew two vitally important things. One, that Jesus loved him completely for who he was. And two, that all he was called to do, was what he was called to do. What happened after that wasn’t on him. We never see Andrew worry about the result of his actions.

Imagine if we practiced that discipline. If we took the talent we’ve been given, used it the way we were called to, and did so without being paralyzed by what the outcome might be. It’s our job to bring the offering, and the Lord’s to use it in His way.

Allow that truth to seep into your heart and live free, because Christ has set you free.

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Galatians 1:5 NIV

About the author: Writer, broadcaster, and speaker Debb Hackett  has been a radio journalist for more than twenty years. Married to a test pilot, Debb writes for military wives and lives in England with her husband and children. She’s having lots of fun working on an inspirational contemporary romance series. When she’s not writing, Debb can be found leading worship, playing bass, or skiing. Also, if you can swing by her house while she’s making scones, that would be a win. She blogs at: http://debbhackett.com

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