Let’s start with John 1:35-42. This is at the beginning of the gospel where Jesus is calling the first of the 12 disciples who would minster with him for 3 years.
"The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. 36 When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!”
37 When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. 38 Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?”
They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?”
39 “Come,” he replied, “and you will see.”
So they went and saw where he was staying, and they spent that day with him. It was about four in the afternoon.
40 Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. 41 The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). 42 And he brought him to Jesus." (John 1:35-42)
Andrew had taken note of Jesus and believed that Jesus was someone worth checking out. He immediately went to his brother Peter and invited him along to come check out Jesus with him. Together they went to see Jesus and together they were called as disciples. Andrew’s brother Peter was destined to become the great Apostle Peter who would be the first leader of the church, who wrote several books of the Bible and who figures prominently in the whole New Testament. Andrew played an incredibly important role by bringing Peter to Jesus, even though it did not lead to his own recognition.
This doesn’t just happen in the Bible…
“Edward Kimball was a Sunday school teacher who not only prayed for the hyper boys in his class but also sought to win each one to the Lord personally. He decided he would be intentional with every single last one of them. Surely, he thought about throwing in the towel. If you have ever taught the Bible to young boys, you know that the experience can often be like herding cats.
One young man, in particular, didn’t seem to understand what the gospel was about so Kimball went to the shoe store where he was stocking shelves and confronted him in the stock room with the importance of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. In the stockroom on that Saturday, he believed the gospel and received Jesus Christ as his Savior. That young man was Dwight L. Moody. In his lifetime, Moody (1837-1899) touched two continents for God, with thousands professing Christ through his ministry.”
I wonder how many times we think “I’ll do that, as long as I get some recognition out of it.” Or “I don’t think that little thing is significant enough to bother with.” You may feel that you are one of those behind the scenes people who never gets recognition, but your most important role may be making a connection for someone else. Your role is no less significant if it is unnoticed.
Our second text is John 6:1-13. You may be familiar with the story as the miracle of the feeding of the 5000.
“Some time after this, Jesus crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee (that is, the Sea of Tiberias), 2 and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the signs he had performed by healing the sick. 3 Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples. 4 The Jewish Passover Festival was near.
5 When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” 6 He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do. 7 Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages[a] to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”
8 Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up,9 “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”
10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there).11 Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.
12 When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” 13 So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten." (John 6:1-13)
In short Jesus performs an amazing miracle by multiplying a few loaves and fish to feed a crowd of over 5000 people. Let’s focus on some of the smaller details. Probably the most well recognized character in the story, after Jesus, is the little boy whose lunch is used by Jesus to perform the miracle. It’s a detail we rarely notice, but who was the disciple who called attention to the boy with 5 loaves and 2 fish to Jesus? It was Andrew.
Again, Andrew is connecting people with Jesus and an amazing miracle results. If you happen to know my wife Michelle well, you will know that she also is a connector. It seems that this type of role does not often get much attention, but it is crucial. Sometimes you may play a key role in something happening but your name and role escape notice.
Our final text is John 12:20-22.
"Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the festival. 21 They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. “Sir,” they said, “we would like to see Jesus.” 22 Philip went to tell Andrew; Andrew and Philip in turn told Jesus." (John 12:20-22)
In this passage some Greeks are seeking Jesus. They approach Philip. Philip tells Andrew and they connect the Greeks with Jesus. This passage doesn’t tell us much about these Greeks or what they wanted but again we see Andrew connecting people with Jesus. For Andrew, it’s not about him, but about leading people to Jesus and connecting them with the one who can provide what is needed. Jesus uses this connection with the Greeks to launch into a powerful lesson about his upcoming death (John 12:23-36). The big picture significance of this passage is that all people are receiving salvation, even the Greeks (Gentiles) who were outside of Judaism. Once again, Andrew connecting people with Jesus leads to a great ministry moment
In each of these passages we’ve looked at Andrew is leading someone to Jesus. I think it’s safe to assume this is representative of his ministry. Andrew was a connector, quietly leading people to Jesus. Many of us probably feel like Andrew. It’s important to remember that though he was not as prominent, Andrew was no less important than any of the other disciples. For every Billy Graham there are probably millions of Andrews, quietly going about their ministry, connecting people, and bringing people to Jesus. Keep doing what God has gifted and called you to do! Perhaps, just like Andrew, God has you in place to speak to one person in a way that no one else could. With God, you never know what might happen.
 4 mentions are lists of the disciple’s names, 2 times relate to Jesus calling him, 1 mentions that the disciples were at his house and 1 mentions his hometown. 3 of the verses that mention Andrew’s ministry are found in the gospel of John. If you’re keeping track there is one more verse unaccounted for and that is Mark 13:3-4 where 4 of the disciples including Andrew, ask Jesus about the end times.
 Arrington and Stronstad eds, Life in the Spirit New Testament Commentary, 1999 pg 76