I already love Andrew the disciple. A guy to seek out in heaven certainly. First he was a seeker, a seeker of God. Something in him was looking for the revelation, for the fullness of God. He was first John the Baptist’s disciple. John the Baptist was the greatest of all Old Testament prophets, hence to be his disciple is no mean achievement. So Andrew must have observed that this John guy stood out, way out of the rest of the rabbis around, and he submitted to be his disciple.
But now his own boss John was introducing someone bigger. Someone, that in his own admission, he was not qualified to untie his shoes. Andrew heard this and didn’t have a moment hesitation crossing over to the new thing God was doing on earth. Jesus turns to ask him what he was seeking. Didn’t Jesus know? He is God in the flesh. Another passage of the Bible says that Jesus knew the heart of men and does not depend on what people said of themselves for his information. May be he wanted the guy to express his real desire. Jesus was like, ‘what do you really want? You just heard John-whom you believe completely-address me as God’s own lamb, one who came directly from God. What do you wish for? Many seek me for many things, what is your own request?’
Andrew chose instead to ask for the abode of Jesus. What a choice! I could ask for a car, a house, an impartation, a gift, anything. But how many things can I ask for in a minute? ‘I want to know where you live. I want to come to your house. I could ask for anything, and then maybe I would need another thing tomorrow. I want to know where to come to. I want to know where you live. I need your address sir. There is only so much I can get from you here on the road.’
I was just discussing with somebody yesterday about men of God who give people miracles and prophecies without giving them the teachings that would change their lives and introduce them to the source. Many these days are content to meet with God on the way; in the church, on crusade ground, counseling rooms, miracle services, and collect their orders and move on. Jehovah sharp sharp. Many do not care for His address. Once one like John who has been in the wilderness and heard the voice of God shows them the new move of God, they line up quickly with their requests and once they can get a few orders delivered, they move on. They don’t stop to find His address so they might go back later.
But Andrew told Jesus he wanted his address. Jesus did not give his address to Andrew. He motivated him to come home with him and see for himself. In coming home with him, he would know the path that leads to it. He would not have to trace it with a description. He will know the way. He will also know how his house is. In following him home, you would be as one with the family. In following him home, protocols will be broken for you.
The bible said that Andrew and the other disciples got to the house of Jesus by 4 pm, but they spent the rest of the day there. Indeed, they slept over. This is what happens when you get to the living place of the Lord, you seek to dwell there.
They talked, chatted, ate, studied together, prayed and slept over in the house with the Almighty. I can only imagine what it is like, but this Andrew shared a room with the almighty God at the starting point of His ministry. This is what is reserved for seekers. Those who seek more than what they can receive, but want to know his dwelling place. Wherever Jesus would have gone to that day was suspended. Those that would have benefited from his ministry; those they may have been healed, delivered or blessed in other ways missed out that day. Because Jesus gives honour to those who seek to know his dwelling place. He prioritises them. He gives them time and attention.
And only Andrew will tell us in heaven the experience he had that night with Jesus, because the Bible said that the first thing he did when he left the house of Jesus was to find his own brother and bring him to the same house where he has been. His life, destiny and mission changed forever. If he had asked material things of Jesus that day, he may have received it and moved on and would never have known that there was more. He may have become big, but he would not have had the opportunity to change the story of their family forever. He certainly made the right choice. We can hardly bring our family members to Jesus if we don’t know his home, nor the way there. If he gave us a miracle on the way, we may not know how to get our family and friends to come receive their own. But if we follow him home and know where he dwells, we can take our loved ones to Him too. Of course that visit by Andrew precipitated a chain reaction. Stop to think that the brother Andrew first brought to Jesus was the great Simon Peter, who later became the leader of the eleven apostles of Jesus Christ. Oh that we may seek his dwelling place. David said, “When shall I go and meet with thee…” it is the seeking that is from the soul, not from the head. It is the seeking that asks for the Lord, not for what he can give. Oh that we all may be seekers of God’s presence and the carriers of the miracles, not the recipients. Moses said, ‘that all God’s people where prophets!’
God’s house is not exclusive for VIPs. It is not guarded with angels against the commoners. It is not the preserve of a few. It is an open house for all comers. However, it is only to those who seek to know that he will say; ‘come and see’. Scripture says; ‘you will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.
Would you ask the master today; rabbi, where do you stay?
References: John 1 vs 35-41; John 2 vs24-25; Psalm 42 vs 2; Numbers 11vs 29; Jeremiah 29vs 13