Searching for Significance

Searching For Significance

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Dr. Billy Graham was one of the most influential evangelists of our time.  He gets all of the credit he deserves.  Everyone knows who he is.  He is essentially “Peter” in our story.  But behind every “Peter” is an “Andrew”.  One of the greatest factors that drives me to press on in my life is the fear of being “insignificant”.

Searching for Significance

John 1:35-42
35The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. 36When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!” 37When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. 38Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?” They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?” 39″Come,” he replied, “and you will see.” So they went and saw where he was staying, and they spent that day with him. It was about four in the afternoon. 40Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. 41The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). 42And he brought him to Jesus.
*One of the greatest factors that drives me to press on in my life is the fear of being “insignificant”.
*How do we define Significance?
Webster defines it as – the quality of being worthy of attention; importance.
Culture defines it as – Wealth, Followers, “Likes”, “Shares”, Social Status, Career Achievement, Influence, Material Things, etc.
*We see this brief moment of significance in Andrew’s walk with Jesus and then it is quickly overshadowed by the introduction of Peter onto the scene.
*If we were honest and were to rate Andrew’s significance against the other disciples, we would probably rate him near the bottom simply because we just don’t think that much about him.

Significant things Andrew was apart of that are overlooked:

  • Andrew told Jesus about the boy with the loaves and fishes.
  • Andrew was one of the four disciples who came to Jesus on the Mount of Olives to ask about the signs of Jesus’ return at the “end of the age”.
  • Andrew was present at the Last Supper.
  • In fact, in many areas Andrew is present alongside Peter but Andrew’s name isn’t even referenced. He is grouped with “Other Disciples”.

The 3 Problems With Insignificance:

Confidence – We lose all confidence in ourselves and our purpose when we feel like we are insignificant.
Complacency – When we feel like we really don’t matter, we fall into complacency and become ineffective for the Kingdom of God.
Courage – We lose the courage to start again and to put ourselves out there.
**Dr. Billy Graham was one of the most influential evangelists of our time.  He gets all of the credit he deserves.  Everyone knows who he is.  He is essentially, “Peter” in our story.  But behind every “Peter” is an “Andrew”.
In Dr. Graham’s autobiography, “Just As I Am”, he specifically talks about several lessons that he learned from his Mother, Morrow.
  1. There Is Dignity In Hard Work
  2. A Mother’s Prayers Are Powerful
  3. Spend Time In God’s Word Everyday
  4. Start Reading At A Young Age
  5. Marriage Is Worth Fighting For
  6. Even The Best Parents Make Mistakes
  7. Finish Well