Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard John’s witness and followed Jesus. The first thing he did after finding where Jesus lived was find his own brother, Simon, telling him, “We’ve found the Messiah” (that is, “Christ”). He immediately led him to Jesus. [John 1: 40-42a (MSG)]
When Jesus looked out and saw that a large crowd had arrived, he said to Philip, “Where can we buy bread to feed these people?” He said this to stretch Philip’s faith. He already knew what he was going to do. Philip answered, “Two hundred silver pieces wouldn’t be enough to buy bread for each person to get a piece.” One of the disciples—it was Andrew, brother to Simon Peter—said, “There’s a little boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But that’s a drop in the bucket for a crowd like this.” [John 6:5-9 (MSG)]
Two disciples, Philip and Andrew, are mentioned in John’s account of the day Jesus fed over 5,000 with five loaves of bread and two fish. Jesus asked Philip “where” they could find food enough for all of the people. Of course, the right answer to Jesus’s question was, “Lord, you have the power to feed them all.” Philip, however, heard “how” instead of “where” and ignored the solution standing right in front of him. Perhaps he’d been the first century equivalent of an accountant before following Jesus because he immediately started counting the cost and decided the price was too high. Feeding such a large group clearly was an impossibility.
On the other hand, we have Andrew. Perhaps before becoming a disciple, Andrew had been the first century equivalent of a corporate recruiter. He looked for potential. The first thing he did after making the decision to follow Jesus was to go back to get his brother Simon and bring him to Jesus. It was a wise decision—Simon, the simple fisherman, became Peter, the disciples’ leader. When Andrew realized there was a hungry crowd and no food, he scoured the countryside to see what assets were available. Even knowing it wasn’t nearly enough, he brought the little food he’d found to Jesus.
One disciple saw why something couldn’t be done while the other saw possibility in a meager offering. Philip saw only what he possessed while Andrew saw the gifts and potential possessed by others. One said there wasn’t enough and the other offered what little there was and asked Jesus to make it enough.
God challenges us all of the time and the challenges are on His terms, not ours. Far too often we answer by seeing what we’re lacking instead of offering what little we’ve got or can find and trusting Him to make it sufficient. When he calls us, we often answer that we have too little money, time, knowledge or energy and nowhere near enough faith. The question, however, isn’t how we’ll do it but rather where we’ll find the solution.
On my own, Lord, I’m incapable of all you ask. Instead of me seeing what I don’t have, open my eyes to the possibilities that surround me. Accept my meager offering, Lord; I know you will make it more than enough.
God can pour on the blessings in astonishing ways so that you’re ready for anything and everything, more than just ready to do what needs to be done. [2 Corinthians 9:8 (MSG)]
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