John 1:35-39 What Seek Ye? Playing Second Fiddle Well

We definitely have some issues we’ve been working on for a long time here. Only now I’ve said to you I’m putting the matter in your hands. It’s a kind of interesting thing to do, a dangerous thing to do. I told you if God’s not doing this work, I don’t want to do it for Him. That could be misunderstood by many people who don’t understand that a church of God and the church of Jesus Christ should be powered by the Spirit of God and motivated by the mind of Christ, not by the ideas and the motivation of mankind. So, I’ve said we’ve got a couple of issues. Today’s message will be both pastoral and an application, if, with God’s pointing an arrow at your heart you’ll receive it with patience because the battle of the church, for the church to exist; I speak universally of the church, but primarily of this church, the battle of the church is to keep all of these ideas that people bring in, outside. That doesn’t mean we don’t come in and think we’re not thinking people; we are. There is nothing worse than meeting people who feel that they possess the knowledge, I’ve covered this in the last few weeks, they possess the knowledge; they don’t need someone to rightly divide the Scriptures for them, so they look for other things that they feel represent what the church of Jesus Christ ought to be. Now it’s both my great fortune and great disadvantage to be in the place that I’m at. Great fortune because I think anyone who has been tapped on the shoulder to step up to the plate for God’s sake you’re, oh, you’re in for a bumpy ride, but if you’ll step up and look to the Lord and say, “He’ll enable me, and He’ll give me the strength, and He’ll give me the equipping,” there is something very wonderful about looking at the lives of people who certainly didn’t think that that’s what they would do, and in fact they ended up doing just that. Unfortunate for me, because many people who listened to my late husband, listened with their own interpretive gear, not necessarily the intent of the one who was speaking the words. Now, any minister of God, man or woman I don’t care what the gender is, if you are listening, I’ve said this before, to the person, if you are picking at the pastor, you will never hear the words of the Master, you will never learn the lessons, you will never have an encounter with Christ as long as you are focused on the person; the person’s individuality, their appearance, whether he smokes a cigar or whether she wears make-up or pants, you’re going to be parked in a land that will never approach, you will never have an encounter with Christ through His word, because what stops you is the surface and the flesh. And the carnal mind the scripture says “is at enmity with the Spirit of God,” and the Spirit bears witness. I ask you as people who have been placed before me, and many who have elected to go freely, this isn’t a cult, you come at and go at your━that’s your business, but if you’re going to be here recognize something. Different than other ministries, I don’t require you to sign a membership card, we make people become King’s Houses and King’s Tithers because of the structure of the ministry, much easier and much more private quite frankly, than giving your information on a repeated basis, one time and that’s it. But, I’m not interested in making people sign something on a card━most ministries do this: that makes sure you will commit to pledge, you will commit to do. If you need to sign a piece of paper to make that commitment to your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, you do have a problem. If the commitment that He gave, which was written in His blood is not sufficient for you and you require, you are required to sign something that says you will be faithful every single month, you will do this, there’s something lacking. And forgive me because I’m not one of these people who go around fruit inspecting. Oh, believe me there’s times when I lament and I say, “If only I could see a little more,” but even my eyesight is faulty, just like yours. The tendency to look on the exterior, because we cannot see the heart, becomes the motivating impetus, just as much for you as for me to get discouraged. Now for the people who have kind of petered off here and they’ve fallen away, the great tragedy is that because I have not been more severe, they, many, have interpreted that as a sign of weakness, and I have said to you I’m not interested in lassoing people into the kingdom. You know if you go to the doctor and the doctor says you have something wrong with you and it’s something crucial, and you go maybe get a second opinion or even a third opinion and they all say the same thing, must you have a fourth, a fifth, a sixth, a seventh, a eighth person to convince you that that is actually the condition you’re in? I don’t think so. I’ve never said take my word; I’ve constantly said, “Check me out”” I’m not looking for people to just follow blindly. That is indeed what the Bible speaks about, somewhat like the blind leading the blind, although God gave me sight to see, and I can certainly see that this is a congregation filled with some glorious saints, and not just, that is not referring to just a select few, but all of those like the book of Ephesians that talks about those that have been called out, separated apart for God’s purpose. The problem is that many forget that they’ve been called out; it’s easy to do that. And complacency and the ability to put this ministry as “not so important”; oh, that’s easy to do as well, because as I said, I’m not breathing fire in your face should actually be a little bit more disconcerting. You see I do have something called “tough love,” it does grieve me, I do walk around, if you talk to the people immediately around me, I grieve and I have for twelve, more than twelve years, more than the time in this pastorate. In fact, I grieved when my husband was alive to see how people treated the ministry. And I used to think, I’ve said this before, I used to think how, if God would have given me the grace to have the eyesight, back before I did, there could have been nothing to hold me away and hold me from being in the sanctuary to listen to someone who was preaching the word and opening up the word, every single week. Without failure, even when he was in his last weeks, so sick that the life of faith of literally 50 years of ministry was put into action before your eyes. What a tragedy, I think to myself, that people cannot understand, the ones who have fallen away, and some of you who are listening right now, who should be in this sanctuary. The future of this ministry depends on you; it doesn’t depend on me. I will keep ministering, whether I minister here or whether I minister somewhere else. The Lord put this, these words which weren’t on my heart before, He put them on my heart and they are satisfying to me. I don’t desire to find some new way or some new method, it’s all here. I have to, I have to spend my time finding those things that are profitable for you and for me, but there isn’t anything else. I’ve, I have, I’ve told you, I have hungered and thirsted after other things in my life and I’ve found only one thing to satisfy, and that’s the word of God. But I can’t, as I said last week, give someone an appetite to eat of this spiritual food. If somebody has had something given to them, it’s important to remember that not every single person is called to the same position. There are some people, and I distinctly remember there were some here who thought they were called for some part of the ministry. You know that every single person in the sound of my voice, in this sanctuary and wherever you’re listening, you’re all part of the body. Corinthians talks about this, but it also distinguishes between the fact that not everyone is an eye and not everyone is a nose or a leg or an arm, yet all are joined together into the body. All have a different function, but let it be clear there are many who came, and we’re going to use the hypothetical; they were a leg. And they thought it’s simply enough for the leg to just be attached, and the leg never moves, and the leg never exercises, and the leg doesn’t do anything except just be there. And when it’s time for the leg to do its part the leg says, “Aw, I’m tired.” That has been the lot of this ministry and it’s an unfortunate thing, because each person, if they will read that passage out of 1 Corinthians 12, talking about the spiritual gifts, it says that there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. The Spirit of God, that third person of the Triune, we refer to the Godhead, doesn’t have one personality over here and another over here. It is you as an individual, your personality God gave you, and the Spirit of God which is why we can, we can look and say, “the Spirit bears witness,” because it’s the same spirit that is operating. Diversity of gifts, operations, that is different types of operations within that realm, but all the same Spirit, which means when we have that same Spirit we have the mind of Christ being attached to the body, which is fitly joined together for a, an express purpose. Not an independent, something or other over there that you’ll, you’ll decide what you think you need. And this is why I said its time for me to have, it’s a combination of pastoral, and if you will receive, something that says there’s something missing here. You ever been in a relationship with somebody, you just say, “There’s something, there’s something missing”? Well, there’s something missing here. Now I don’t mean that for every individual, there are some people here, I’ve told you, their commitment is unmatched, and this is not to beat people and make you feel bad. This is something to wake some of you up, especially the ones that should be in this building! You come into the sanctuary, your first work here is to encourage your pastor, and I have Scripture for that. It wasn’t just some random thought that Dr. Scott had, but read back between Moses and Joshua, and there’s a great exchange and it says, “Encourage,” and I’ve done the translation, encourage him, encourage your minister; or if you want it from the book of Hebrews, where it talks about those who watch for your soul. Now I’m not sure where the disconnect is, but I know from the things that I read in my Bible, there are some certain things that should shake a little bit of the dust and the complacency, to where when we come into the building we recognize something. You know God gave this, for some who’ve criticized this building and said, “Oh, it’s an old gymnasium, it’s just, you know”” One of these individuals who was so quick to, you know, say, “Well, you could never make this look good.” Well, who said, first of all, who said it has to look good? It has to be functional, but I think we managed to make it look pretty good. Hold on, my point is you bring a little bit to God; He can do much with the little. And a lot of times I’ve had people come, and they think they’ve got great knowledge but they don’t have any vision, they have no faith. Now, this ministry has been through a lot. And when I say waves of things over the years, I know before my late husband came the type of ministry and the pattern of ministry. And there were some great people here who ministered before Dr. Scott came, but when Dr. Scott came and began his pastorate here, that was, he was not moving from here. He was here before 1975, but in 1975 when he came and began the pastorate here, there were already things set in place, there were already traditions set in place, people were already doing things that were part of the traditional church. I’ve told you, in the early days there were altar calls being done here and there were healing lines being done. We have tapes of that, kind of, kind of funny when you see some of this stuff and Dr. Scott’s doing it. And as I told you, he evolved over the years, there’s nothing wrong with that. That means an individual grows in the Lord, they grow in their knowledge, they grow in their understanding, they, they are maturing; there’s nothing wrong with that. In fact, it’s wonderful and if somebody can’t move beyond that, it’s because their stuck in the traditions of men that make void the word of God or they’re so narrow-minded because “Grandpa, Grandma and everybody else did this, this is the way we must do this, and therefore if you’re not doing it this way, it’s no good.” Now as he developed and grew, other things came and went through this ministry, but at some point there was clarity for him that these are the certain things that must be, and I can say, maybe too simplistically, but crystallizing, his whole message was about we are saved by faith, period! Faith in Jesus Christ, from the faith of Jesus Christ, but saved by faith. I still stand here and say the same thing. My issue is a lot of people have come and gone over the years. And I think what has happened is we fall into this mode that says, “Well, I’m, I’m acting in faith by either remaining, or I’m acting in faith by━” whatever you want to add on to the end of it, and not looking at the church in its totality as an act of faith, an act of faith that we have sustained, an act of faith that the Lord is still granted us graciously to be here every Sunday. And I could talk about all the other wonderful things that the Lord has done, but at some point I have said to you, there is a call on each person’s life as being part of the body that, I’m sorry, you cannot escape. And I’m sure over the years, as I’ve addressed this, there have been people who have not been able to receive this, and they have left this ministry, because they refused to receive; not the words of Melissa Scott as Pastor or as your friend or as counselor but the words that are in this book that should be open-heart surgery, because why? We’re all flesh pots, broken and needing the reparative hand of God on our lives, to give us the right vision, to give us the way. And the instruction is no, is of no value simply by telling you, “Well, this is my life experience, now you go out and see if you can have your own.” The only value is to reach into this book and glean something which will become profitable for you and for me and for the work of God. Now I believe this, all of these things are given to us to help us understand. And I also have seen people come and they think their interpretation of something is the right interpretation; twisting or wresting the Scripture is what they do and they’ll take this very passage I’m going to talk about, a personage in the Bible, and they will make it into a caricature that every Christian must imitate and mimic, and I’m not suggesting that. We are not knockoff imitations, and yet, if we are following by faith we are being transformed and conformed to the image and likeness of Christ as we faithe, as we, as we began to better understand the One who came and revealed all we could know about God also came and revealed man’s heart to man. That same One, as He was beginning before His public ministry, is being spoken of by another one, John the Baptist. And most of what I’m going to refer to is going to be in John’s Gospel today, so if you want to find your, your part in the first chapter of John, I’ll keep talking while you keep finding the place. It’s somewhat interesting that, at least it is of my experience, the tendency is to focus many times on primary people in the Bible, and the lesser ones we, we don’t, we don’t, pay as much attention, but there’s lessons for them as well. We’ll call my message today something about playing the second fiddle well. In fact, I think it was Leonard Bernstein who was asked, “Which is the toughest instrument to play?” And I think his answer after reflecting much, I think it was him who said this, is “second fiddle.” He wasn’t joking, he said, “It’s much easier to find people to play the first and melody line, the first and whatever it is, but to have someone play second of something is more challenging.” And interestingly enough, he didn’t say this, but my observation based on my limited knowledge of music, you can have somebody play a melody line, you will not get a harmony even though harmonies are normally triad chords, you’ll not get a harmony until you have a second instrument which is following the melody. In other words, it takes, it does take a second fiddle and most people don’t fall into that category. If they can’t be seen, if they can’t be at the top of the list on a neon sign or being “Here, look at me!” it’s no good and their work, as small as it may seem in their eyes, well, pride and ego can kick in and you decide it’s just not worth not being recognized or not being acknowledged. You see, there’s a disease that moves around not just this church but every church. Sometimes people leave, not because of the message. Sometimes the message is, is people say, “Well, the message is too hard for me to understand. I can’t understand a word she’s saying.” Well, it’s probably because you’re not listening, because if you listen long enough, if you listen to me, I maybe have a different way of delivering things, but if you listen to me long enough, I usually crystallize things about two or three times in an hour. I’ll crystallize my thoughts at least two or three times and repeat myself for those, just in case you didn’t hear me the second and third time, or maybe the first. So there are people who say, “It’s too hard to understand.” Well, if you’re listening━have you ever had conversations with somebody who’s a foreigner, and I’ve met many people. I met a lady a week ago. She was━or two weeks ago, she was Vietnamese. She really had, I had a difficult time, but man, you know, I just listened to her and I could understand her, not because I understand Vietnamese, but because I was listening to her. Between her gesturing, the sounds in her voice and the words that I could make out it became clear to me. I could, we could understand each other, limited perhaps, but we could understand each other. If I can understand somebody who’s got problems speaking English, you can understand what I’m saying when I talk to you about the severity and my sincerity towards the word of God. It shouldn’t be complicated. There are people who will leave the ministry because they will rationalize whatever it is. Some leave because they’re not getting attention. You know, if I’m not giving you attention, you should be really happy. When you get a phone call from me, now I’m being really serious, when you get a phone call from me, it’s usually because I’ve received a message and I need to pray for you or I need to visit you in the hospital or you’ve asked me to come and bury your loved one. So if you’re not getting attention from me that should make you happy in that way. But there are some, they leave because I, I’m just, I’m not━I can’t be everywhere, so if I can’t give you attention over there, well, it’s no good. You’re not needing my attention. Your attention needs to be focused on the Lord. I’ve said this before. There are way too many problems with people coming in with this, these ideas and then they want to throw them on me and somehow I have to bear the burden of their idea of what it means to be a Christian and a follower of Christ. Now why am I giving you these examples? Because I want to highlight a few things that I think are part of the problem here and some very piercing questions that we’ve read over many times that, hopefully, will help us in this journey that I’m going to at least put out there for your consideration today to process as I have processed it. Perhaps the least discussed, the least analyzed person in the Bible and the most caricatured, by the way, is Andrew. And Andrew has this thing. People, even my late husband, we had a onetime “Operation Andrew” that was bring somebody to the church. Do you remember that? Who was here? Enough of you. That’s wonderful, that’s a right thing because he, he was someone who brought, but there’s something more to that. Now a lot of the people out there in the world will say, “Let’s take Andrew and let’s make him into a caricature of a depiction of what ought to be in the churches.” And I’d say be careful of how you read because how you read and understand Andrew may dictate how you perceive and understand, not just this word today, but your work in your world in the place that you’ve been put at here today. The first thing that is noteworthy, and I told you to turn to the Gospel of John, in the first chapter you’ve got a record of Andrew being a follower of John the Baptist and this is important. When we talk, when we talk about people coming to the Lord and coming to the ministry, it’s important to understand that I believe in prevenient grace. I believe that God is doing something and preparing our hearts before we even come to know that He’s there and knowing who He is. I believe that. Here we’ve got a record of Andrew, who was part of those who followed John the Baptist, and John the Baptist’s message was, “Repent, the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” In other words, and I’m going to do some colloquial talk here, “Get ready and get into a right mindset because the kingdom of heaven━I’m telling, I’m announcing to you that the Christ is about to appear. Get ready.” That’s like as colloquial as you can get. Now he didn’t quite say it like that. John the Baptist we know was steeped in that tradition and much of his proclamation would have been wrapped around the prophetic words of Isaiah, but he says things, for example in the first chapter and the 27th verse, he says, “He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe latchet I am not worthy to unloose.” He was speaking of the coming of Christ and, as I said, Andrew is introduced as a disciple, a follower of John the Baptist. We see this ministry is preparing the way. They asked him, you know, “Who are you? Are you the Christ?” “No.” “Are you,” your King James reads, they asked him if he was Elias; Elijah, “or that prophet?” “Nope.” And you’ve got to go to another gospel, either Mark or Matthew, which will say he is that voice crying in the wilderness, the━actually, it says it here, but the elaboration is in Mark, I believe, in Matthew, “I am the voice of the one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Isaiah. I’m announcing what’s coming. My ministry is to bring people to repentance and the baptism” that was the baptism of old, which many people get confused about, which was in the Jewish tradition. There was no Christianity until Christ came on the scene, until Christ was crucified. But what’s so interesting about this is you’ve got this man, who is, as I said, a follower, and we know that because if you read down in verse 35, it says, “Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples; and looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God! And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.” And one of those two is Andrew, it’s kind of interesting. We’ll read about that later, just in the next verse or two. Why is this interesting and often read over? The first thing I want to point out, you notice that John the Baptist doesn’t say, “Behold the Lion of the tribe of Judah.” He says, “Behold the Lamb of God,” and there’s a very subtle distinction. Had he said, “Behold the Lion of the tribe of Judah,” versus “the Lamb of God,” referring to the one sent of God to die, versus the depiction, if you will of that one, the emblem of the man, the human side of Christ, if you will. He’s speaking of “Behold the Lamb of God,” he even says, “which taketh away the sin of the world,” looking for something beyond what he could even preach, but preparing the way. It’s an interesting declaration. That’s why I said to you Christ came both to reveal God to man, He was the revealer of that. He was also the revealer of men’s heart to themselves. In another place it says He did not reveal Himself to those men, because He “knew what was in their hearts.” So you think about it, a great amount of this just opening chapter gives us much to think about. Now if you read on, it says, “The two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.” They heard Him speak after John the Baptist heralded, “Behold the Lamb of God.” “Then Jesus turned and saw them following, and he saith unto them, What seek ye?” He didn’t say, “Who are looking for?” He said, “What? What are you looking for?” I’m going to ask you a question, which you should reflect on through the week, because it may help to put this church back together. I pray it helps to put this church back together. For some of the newer followers, for some who’ve been here for a long time, let, let the words on this page be essentially asked to you: What are you looking for? People come and they say, “I’m following, I’m following Jesus. I’m following Jesus. I’m following Jesus. I’ve decided to follow Jesus.” That’s the━how many songs have been written about this? But the question the Master is asking is, “What are you looking for?” I bet you never read that like that before to apply it to yourself. You know, if you sit quietly after I’m done on your way home or maybe when you get home, sit quietly and ask yourself the question, why are you following the Master? Not why are you listening to Pastor Melissa Scott. Why are you, why are you following the Master? What is it? Not, who? Why? Believe me, if you think about that that’s going to be very thought provoking. That will sift out those people who come in to any church, not just this one, not understanding the very thing which we may say we’re looking for or we desire is not at all the thing that’s either being reflected here or if we talk about a priority, we may be looking for something else, hence a lack of something here. You see, there’s a connection to all these things. Sometimes I think we read through this and we never make a connection to ourselves. It’s merely the telling of a story, but I think to myself that God preveniently called me, much as He was working in the life of Andrew or any of these others. And the question is still asked of me today, what am I looking for? What is Melissa Scott looking for in following the Lord? What━put your name in there━what are you looking for in following the Lord? Because if it’s for the Lord to fix the temporal problems, which He can, but if that’s all you’re looking for, you don’t need Jesus. I just said something very serious because there’s way too many people looking for something else. And the reality of our condition, I say “our,” mankind, is never, it’s never taken to the fullest. “What seek ye?” I can say, “Lord,” just like the one who said, “Lord, save me!” Peter, who’s drowning, “Lord, save me! I perish! Lord, save me,” like Paul’s words to the Corinthians. I was in the act of perishing. “What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou?” Now think on these things. “Where, where do you live?” What a strange question to ask unless you understand the spirit of all of this. He asked them, “What are you looking for?” They ask, “Where do you live?” And that’s not to size up whether He lives in a nice pad or He lives in a dump, because the rest of it tells you. “He saith unto them, Come and see,” I’ll come back to that. “They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour,” I’m thinking probably 4 o’clock. Here’s the deal, the question is asked: “What are you looking for?” “Where do you live?” And the reason why that’s asked is to say, “We have questions. I, Andrew, I’ve got questions I want to ask. I want to know more about You. I seek to inquire.” The “Come and see” on the part of Christ is to say, “I’m always willing to reveal Myself to those who actually seek to know who I am. You want to know who I am? Come and see. Follow Me. I’ll show you, I’ll tell you about Me.” But that has to start with the first question, not who; what are you looking for? That’s number one. The second thing that is mind-boggling is that Jesus would take the time with this one individual. And after this, it’s kind of interesting, now you get to know, it says, “One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother.” You’ve got to be pretty unimportant to be referred to as “Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother”” like you can’t remember really who this guy is unless you know that he was Simon Peter’s brother. That’s second fiddle for you. And I’m going to say this so you don’t think I’m just trying to be funny. There’s nothing wrong with being second fiddle in God’s eyes, although I don’t think He looks at us that way. We may see it that way like we don’t have that calling somebody else has, we don’t have that position somebody else has, we don’t have those blessings that somebody else supposedly has. But here’s something really remarkable, this one, who got to hang with Jesus for a time, who asked the question, was asked a question and given the grace to go and be with the Lord! It says after that, “He first findeth his own brother Simon,” that’s Simon Peter, “and saith unto him, We have found the Messiah, which is being interpreted, the Christ.” Can you imagine? How often I’ve said this, the first, the first reporter of the Resurrection is a woman, but the first one to herald and proclaim something as an absolute truth is Andrew going to Peter. You’d think it’d be the reverse, because Peter is “Mr. Pentecost.” Can you imagine what it must have been like on the Day of Pentecost, when Peter stood up after they received the Spirit of God, and Peter stood up and he began to preach the message? Can you imagine what it might have been like for Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter? Not Andrew, the one who first spoke with Christ, but Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter to be sitting at that back part of the Upper Room to watch his brother stand up and begin to preach and the church is birthed into existence on that day; can you imagine what that must have been like? Because I can imagine, and I read no trace of ego anywhere, it’s not recorded for us. I’d like to prefer to think that there was no trace of ego of Andrew standing at the back of the room on that day saying, “And I brought him, see?” Somehow, I have a feeling, if you read the lives of great preachers; and I just finished reading the life and stories of Spurgeon, because he’s one of my all-time━one of my all-time favorites. Do you realize for years and years and years, when he ministered in the Newbury and then ultimately in the Metropolitan, in that big tabernacle, he would tell the story of his conversion. At the age of 15, going into, he was actually on his way to another church, and it was in the middle of a blizzard. Snow was blinding him, so he went into a small church he’d not been in before and it was a church that he said should have seated about 300 people, but there might have been maybe 15 or 20 and a whole host of holy men sitting, waiting for the preacher to get up and preach. And some guy who either looked like a tailor or a barber or something, got up almost very reluctantly to speak. His text was, “Look unto me and be saved.” And I guess this one recognized all the people in the church, save this one boy, fifteen-year-old boy, sitting under the balcony, which was Spurgeon. And as he spoke, he said, “Look, look unto me,” referring to look unto Christ “and be saved,” and he said to Spurgeon, as young boy, he said, “Son, you look miserable back there.” And Spurgeon begins to tell how at that moment, something clicked with him as he was listening to the preacher. You realize he told that story over and over and over again, and I’m sure when he first told it, perhaps he mentioned the preacher’s name, but later on it just became a random individual. That random individual that turned on the lights for him, who probably to this day on earth remains nameless, and yet, believe me, I’m sure when Spurgeon got promoted to heaven, he was walking around heaven introducing everybody to the one, this one preacher, who preached that message: “Look unto me and be saved.” That’s kind of second fiddle, if you think about it that way. No one gets their name in neon lights for “being the one.” I can speak of myself and say had I not been brought at a certain time, but I listened to Dr. Scott. I can’t tell you the exact hour and the exact day, but I can tell you that Dr. Scott was the one that preached a message that turned the lights on for me. And that’s a person that’s well known and has notoriety, but how many not known? How many people have you encountered that, as I said, you will not know the influence in your lifetime perhaps, you shared a word of encouragement, you shared your faith, you shared something, only to receive━ and it was not a high five. You don’t know. There are many second fiddle-type situations, and believe me, probably more than we could count are the unknown people, the ones where their names have not been memorialized and made popular, versus the ones whose names are at the tip of everyone’s tongue. Do you know how many people I’ve met, they say, “Oh, I was saved at a Billy Graham crusade,” and they’ll tell you the year and they’ll tell you where they were. That’s wonderful. Do you know how many ministers were under Billy Graham’s ministry? Small ministries━you know, the congregation of maybe 10 and 20 people, who delivered similar type messages where people got saved and no one says this individual, they always refer back to that one, the one that’s well known. Andrew falls into that same category. That’s why I said to you think about that Upper Room, we don’t hear Andrew saying, “You know, well, I, I should get some credit here because I’m the one that brought him and showed him and made the declaration, ‘This is the Messiah we’ve been looking for.’ Come on now; give me a little bit of loving here, because that’s what I deserve, right?” It says he first found his own brother, “And he brought him to Jesus.” It’s kind of interesting. He went and told his brother and then he brought his brother to Jesus. Now you follow this passage and what I find very interesting you’ll find in other records, that is Matthew and Mark, the call of the twelve, which includes the naming of Andrew, which means he was part and parcel of that first group of men who were called out. Just because an individual is called out doesn’t mean they’re going to have some great success or they’re not going to turn bad; Judas is the prototype for that other side of the coin. But if you follow the things, the very few things we’re told about Andrew, there are some very revelatory things that, it appears very clear to me that after Jesus talks about the temple where the stones will come down, the temple will be destroyed, Andrew is there. He’s among those asking some, we’ll call it rather interesting questions, and hearing Jesus respond to the onlooking crowd. In another place in John’s Gospel where Andrew is mentioned, is where Jesus feeds the 5,000. And of course we tend to highlight when I’ve preached and Dr. Scott even preached from this message, the highlight tends to be on Philip, but if you think about it, there’s something really interesting about what Andrew does here. You see, Philip was there too. That’s John 6, “After these things Jesus went over the sea of Galilee, which is the sea of Tiberias. And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did on them which were diseased. Jesus went up into a mountain, and there he sat with his disciples. The passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh. Then Jesus lifted up his eyes, saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat?” Obviously the question, it says, was “to prove him: for he himself know what he would do,” let’s see what’s in the heart of the disciples here, a little trick question from the Master. “Philip answered and said, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little. And one of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother,” there it is again. You know, could he not be called “Andrew the son of Joanna and Jonah”? But no, “Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, saith unto him, There’s a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?” Now think of this, maybe in Andrew’s mind, he might have thought, “Well, Philip, he counted meticulously how much coin,” or how much in terms of what was available. I’m not sure what the thinking was here, you know, “There’s a lad here,” did he, did he really think was it possible that this little amount of food, this meager amount that this young boy had, could be sufficient? And of course, Jesus says, “Make them sit down,” and He “took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; likewise the fishes as many as they would. And when they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.” And we know that there was abundant, there was an abundance that remained that they gathered up. My point is while one man, Philip, is doing the accounting on “two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them,” equally on another plane is Andrew saying, “Oh look, here’s a boy and he’s got five barley loaves and two small fishes.” And we might think Philip is a little bit, you know, mmm, ahem, because he’s counting down to the last bit, but here’s this boy with very little, and yet, I want to say something that sounds so interesting about Andrew. If there was even the possibility; just indulge me for a minute; that Andrew thought that Christ could do something with this little, it’s indeed by saying, “Here’s a lad who’s got these, this little bit here.” Find me a person in this crowd; find me a person listening to me who says, “There’s a little bit here. God can do something with it. God can multiply the little bit here.” See, the personality of Andrew is not just bringing people, “Come and see,” and he brought him to Christ and that’s all wonderful. There’s something else. Whether or not it’s intended here, because I don’t think any of the disciples really had the idea of what Christ could or would do, but if there’s anybody in the sound of my voice that has this, even the potential here, “There’s just a little bit here; can you imagine what the Lord will do with it in His hands if it’s actually turned over to Him?” Look at this church. There is a little bit here. Can you imagine if each individual has the faith to say, “Can you imagine what it will be in the Lord’s hands? It can become something very great.” If we keep thinking about the little and we manifest ourselves about the little and not what the Lord’s going to do, what the Lord can do or how the Lord will use me as a conduit to multiply━God is still using men and women━you’ll never see it grow, you’ll never see it be manifested, because again, it comes back to the flesh. It comes back to the limitations of what is seen and not what is unseen. What does that require? Faith. Isn’t that the message that’s been━here we go again back to the beginning. I’m asking the people in this church to recognize, I said the future of this ministry is in your hands for a reason. I cannot be, I cannot be the person on whom you put every burden to not only repopulate and bring people in. I’m, I’m doing the thing that I’m called to do and I told you in my travels I’m constantly, we’ll say, if you will, putting out the net. And forgive me for that most evangelistic term. God still has to bring the supply and I still have the faith that says “God will.” The Lord will do this thing. Interestingly enough, if you want to follow the life of Andrew, there’s one other mention and that is where the Greeks come and they are seeking, they say, “We would see Jesus. We’d like to see Jesus.” And I’m sure there was a perplexity in his mind of what to do, how to handle this thing. In fact, it’s Philip and Andrew that are there when they come, when the Greeks come, “We would see Jesus.” What do with this? Because Christ said He came to the lost sheep of the house of Israel; what do with this thing? “What are we supposed to do with this? These people want to see Jesus.” Oh, we can fix that in our day. But my point is without humor; my point is interesting if you just look at the bare minimum that is recorded for us about this person. There’s always a pathway, sometimes it’s covered up like this boy with the provision, but there’s always a pathway and there’s always a possibility that with, in our case, with faith opened up, the Lord will grant these things. Now to those that came and they said, “We would see Jesus,” seeking Jesus, who can tell what became of that except we know that after the death and Resurrection of Christ, the dispersion of those that were called to go and preach and teach and make disciples, it was not simply limited to the lost sheep of the house of Israel, but “Go ye into all nations making disciples everywhere,” including those Gentiles. And we know that Peter and Paul, in fact, split that clearly defined ministry to the uncircumcision and to the circumcision; to the Jews and to the Gentiles, all would receive. And Paul goes on to say these are essentially in Christ all the same; there is no difference between these. What am I trying to tell you? The responsibility is still the same and Andrew, with his, we’ll call it “limited appearance” in the Scriptures, gives me enough depth to realize something. The question asked of him by our Lord, “What are you looking for?” The fact that he stopped following John the Baptist and straightway began to follow Jesus tells you when he had heard and when he knew this indeed is the Messiah, he began his journey and we know he didn’t look back. I don’t know, the records are very muddled on this, but we know that he was crucified on a cross that then bears his name, the crisscross, not upright, but the crisscross, the cross━Andrew, the cross of Andrew, ultimately paying the price with his life for preaching about this one that first asked him, “What? What are you looking for?” And I think the question, if I could say it, should, should keep echoing through time through the ears of every person to sift out the stuff that has penetrated the church, that has made us into an impotent force, not able to be conquerors first in the body itself and secondarily out in the world, because we don’t really believe that the power that God had given to these remains with us as well, the power to overcome, the power to communicate, the power to tell people that without this thing we have come to know as the life of Christ given for us, a sacrifice for sin, we are condemned people with no hope. But glorious is the gospel of Jesus Christ and this thing which is not to be covered up and not to be ashamed of and not to be put away, but maybe considered first and foremost: what are you looking for? Secondarily, have you listened to the Master’s voice say to that disciple, “Come and see”? And how time was spent, it wasn’t by osmosis, it was time spent with the Lord. It’s time spent in the sanctuary, it’s time spent in this word; it’s time spent with the Lord where you will come to know exactly what it is that may be a missing element. Believe me, you think the Lord is not able to put His finger exactly on the place and say, “That’s it right there,” and put it on your heart? Do you think the Lord is not able to do that? Because if the Lord is able to heal you of some disease, the Lord is certainly able to put His finger on the very thing that’s missing and say, “That’s it right there. There’s that thing,” forgive me for saying it like this, “I’m ready to touch your life.” Not me; the Lord, “I’m ready to touch your life with My healing, cleansing,” and we’ll call it regenerative power. Get the idea out of your head that you are the attached leg that has atrophied, that when told to get up and walk like that crippled man, you get up and you walk. Not because you’ve said, “I will grit my teeth,” but because the Lord has touched your life and has made you able to get up and walk, not by your strength but by His power, which He gives to every single individual! Not just one over here and one over there, but He gives it to each. As I said, go read 1 Corinthians 12, the same Spirit given in diverse ways, all leading back to the same place to build up the body of believers, to glorify our Lord Jesus Christ. Will you please, I’m not asking you to go out and try and be some imitation of a disciple or some imitation of somebody else, but will you please consider the question today? What are you looking for as you follow the Lord? Are you looking for the tangible things? Are you looking for something to me that I cannot be for you? Are you looking to find out in sincerity the things that only He and He alone can give you that are life changing, energizing gifts of eternity? And if so, respond to the call by “Come and see.” That means spending time in this sanctuary, out of this sanctuary. And last but not least, I’ll say what has been caricatured about Andrew. He didn’t hesitate to first go to his own and there was something, he didn’t need to wrestle down his brother. He said, “We found the Christ. We found the Messiah. Now come on, I’m going to take you to Him.” Now I don’t know what is holding this church back, but I am praying earnestly that these few questions and answers of the Lord, revealed to this simple man, not a god, just a man just like we are, just flesh pots, will give some new life into this work that some of you will get highly encouraged to think about your part in the body. God gave you a gift and to neglect that gift is to just say, “I push this aside to do what I please.” You don’t neglect the gift, God will glorify that gift and God ultimately gets all the glory. And ultimately that is what the life of faith is about, giving glory to God, making it through by His strength, in Jesus’ name. That’s my message. Come on up. You have been watching me, Pastor Melissa Scott, live from Glendale, California at Faith Center. If you would like to attend the service with us, Sunday morning at 11am, simply call 1-800-338-3030 to receive your pass. If you’d like more teaching and you would like to go straight to our website, the address is

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