"We have found the Messiah." (John 1:41 NRSV)

Most of us have been raised in the church. There never has been that one moment when the heavens opened and we saw the spirit descend. Yet we have walked with Jesus almost since we took our first tiny steps as small children. Our faith is just as real as those who have more dramatic stories to tell.

Regardless of how we found Christ, our task is to provide the kind of witness that others may find him too. One of the two men who followed Jesus, as he began his ministry, was a fisherman named Andrew. The day Andrew spent with Jesus changed his life. He went to find his brother Simon who was also a fisherman. Andrew told his brother, "We have found the Messiah." Perhaps Andrew had never been so excited about anything in his life as he was that day. Simon looked into his brother's eyes and knew he was sincere. Simon wanted to meet this teacher that his brother was so excited about. Andrew took his brother to meet Jesus.

When they found him, Jesus looked at Simon and said, "You are Simon, son of John. You are to be called Cephas." We know Simon or Cephas as Peter, leader of the early church. Peter became a disciple of Jesus thanks to the witness of his brother, Andrew. History would never again be the same.

Dear God, may your spirit help me to bring someone closer to you today. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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