Summary: Despite one's hesitancy to tell another "what God has done for me and can (will) do for you", just think of the wonder of what God does when one wins one!
THE WONDER OF WHAT GOD CAN DO WHEN ONE WINS ONE
In every Christian, there’s a little bit of Edward Kimball, or, there should be. Kimball was not the guy who invented the game of dominoes, but he once set in motion the “domino effect” that shows what God can do when one wins one.
Kimball, a Sunday school teacher in England, introduced a shoe salesman, Dwight L. Moody, to Jesus. Moody became an evangelist whose converts included F. B. Myer. Myer’s ministry brought him to America where he preached at Furman University. There, a student by the name of R. G. Lee was introduced to Jesus and became one of the all-time greats among Baptist preachers.
Another convert won by Myer was J. Wilbur Chapman who in turn won a convert named Billy Sunday, whose ministry carried him to Charlotte, N. C. for a businessmen’s conference - to which he invited a friend Mordecai Ham - whose sermon touched the heart of a young man named Billy Graham whose worldwide ministries we all are familiar with.
This “domino effect” was touched off by Edward Kimball whose manner of Christian endeavor serves as a model worth replicating: seek, find, tell, invite one person to “come to Jesus”, and see the wonder of what God can do.
I suggest that there’s a little bit of Edward Kimball in every one of you who: learned that if you know the Lord you need nobody else. . . because you saw what God can do, yearned to see another then another come to know Him whom to know is life eternal.
When America’s leading Ford dealer was asked, “How’s the car business,” he would always answer, “I need to sell one more.”
Why did I introduce you to Edward Kimball? I know of no better example of a modern-day Andrew than a man who was once a “nobody” but, by winning just one more, became “somebody” in God’s sight.
A “nobody” doesn’t start out to become a “somebody” but, when “nobody” comes to Jesus, finds salvation through Him, then “nobody” comes to realize that, with God as Father and Jesus as Savior, “nobody” becomes “somebody” - and can now say in all sincerity, “I know I’m somebody ‘cause God don’t make no junk!”
You became “somebody” for the right reason, as did Andrew - and, like Andrew, and, like Edward Kimball, you yearn to see those closest to you become “somebodies” for the right reason; and, by winning one more, you too might set in motion that “domino effect” that can occur when one wins one more - John 1:35-49 . . .
Andrew had been a disciple of John the Baptist - baptized by John into the fellowship of those who sought to know the truth about LORD God and His plan for redemption.
“Messiah” was a concept that had been engraved on the minds of all young Jewish men; and although some of John’s followers thought John to be the Christ, John pointed to Jesus and declared Him to be the Lamb of God.
Andrew was one of the first to believe John’s announcement about Jesus and thereafter followed the One to whom John had pointed and had declared to be the prophesied Messiah.
Andrew accepted as gospel John’s assessment of Jesus because he trusted John as a spokesman for God. And not to be overlooked is the fact that John was worthy of trust since he took no credit for “making” Jesus the Messiah, but rather was willing to “step down” or “step aside” in deference to God’s anointed One.
Having had a mentor like John, no wonder Andrew chose “second fiddle” – as had John - as the role he would play in the unfolding drama of bringing persons to Jesus so that others could come to know Him whom to know is life eternal and, moreover, see the wonder of what God can do when one wins one more.
Of course, students of the Bible are familiar with the impact, personally and historically, that Andrew’s witness to his closest of kin, his brother, has had on so many of us - who, like Peter, have wrestled with issues of self-worth . . . has had on the institution of The Church - “Thou art Peter, and upon this rock of faith I will build my Church.” Volumes have been written about Peter’s role in Christianity.
However, give some thought if you will to the skeptic Nathaniel – so typical of the mindset that we run into in our present culture of agnostics, on the one hand, and a new “breed” of skeptics, on the other hand, who, for lack of a better term, are being referred to as “nones”. It doesn’t take much stretching of one’s imagination to see the skepticism implied using “nones” as compared to “nuns”.