Scripture:The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, “Look, here is the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. One of the two who heard John speak and followed him was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah,” (which is translated Anointed). He brought Simon to Jesus, who looked at him and said, “You are Simon, son of John. You are to be called Cephas (which is translated Peter). (John 1:35-37, 40-42)
After Andrew hears John the Baptist declare Jesus to be the Lamb of God, he immediately answers the call. Then, he goes to get his brother, Simon Peter. This is a pattern in John’s gospel: Answer the call, go get another person, bring him or her to Jesus, and get out of the way. All John the Baptist has to do is announce the presence of the Messiah (God’s Anointed) to two of his disciples; then John gets out of the way. One of them, Andrew, responds with the same faith by proclaiming the Lamb of God to Simon, who, in turn, responds by going to Jesus. Andrew gets out of the way.
In developing a spirituality of mission, a person must first recognize who is proclaimed, namely, Jesus, the Messiah, the Anointed. A person does not proclaim himself or herself. John the Baptist does not declare himself as anything. Andrew does not declare himself as anything. Both of them point toward Jesus. He is the focus of a spirituality of mission.
Any follower of the Lamb of God uses John the Baptist and Andrew as models. Disciples do not proclaim themselves. Christians should never be found trying to get noticed. They are not basketball hotshots dunking the ball and hanging on the rim with the hope of being offered a bigger salary. They are not students who refuse to share information in the hope of beating others to the scholarship. They are not artists, musicians, vocalists who try to get to the front of the herd in order to be noticed, hired, and make lots of money in concerts. In fact, Christians know they are of no importance; they call others in the same way John the Baptist called Andrew, in the same way Andrew, called Simon, by declaring the presence of the Lamb of God, the Messiah, the Anointed, Jesus Christ.
Journal/Meditation: When have you recently pointed out Jesus to another person without calling attention to yourself?
Prayer:God, you filled your prophet, John the Baptist, with the courage to announce the presence of your Son, the Lamb of God, to his own disciples. Carefully form the words in my mouth so that I may announce to those around me the name of Jesus Christ, the Messiah, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.