Read John 1
Focus on verse 40-41
Prioritizing is a task that we do either consciously of sub-consciously, but every one of us does it. We make choices every day based upon priorities that we may not even be aware of. We may say that we have no preference, and there my be certain things about which that is true, but even this is a choice that is based upon a priority of choosing not to care.
In today’s reading John writes of how when Andrew met Jesus, his first priority was to find his brother Peter and say to him “we have found the Messiah” insisting that Peter some with him to meet Jesus himself.
One of the two who heard John speak and followed Jesus was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means Christ”). (v. 40-41)
This is a great lesson on the simplicity and priority of evangelism. In it’s basic form, evangelism is essentially introducing people who have not yet met Jesus to Him for the first time. It is one of the most rewarding and exciting experiences a person can have, next to meeting Jesus one’s self for the first time. There are few things I enjoy more than seeing the light of understanding come on in the eyes of a person when the Holy Spirit opens their minds to the truth of the gospel for the first time. It is almost as if a light turns on inside their head and begins to shine out through their eyes.
When it comes to priorities in the life of a Christian, there is nothing in this world that is more important than introducing people to Jesus. This priority is not always clearly evident in the lives of those who claim to follow Jesus, mostly because we don’t always make it a priority. For many years I made excuses instead. One of the most popular excuses I’ve heard is “Its not my gift.” While there are some people who have a mixture of gifts that make them very gifted at sharing Jesus with people, this does not get the rest of us off the hook. Jesus mandate to “Go into all the world and preach the good news to every creature” was not issued only to those gifted in evangelism. It was given to all of us, and all of us are capable of sharing the love of Jesus with others. Some of us use words, some use actions, but all of us have been given the mandate – so for all of us it should be a priority. If not for us because we desire to be obedient, then perhaps for the sake of the lost that if they do not hear or choose to reject it, will spend eternity separated from God.