Why not Andrew?  Why not me?

Mark’s gospel points out something troubling the other gospels miss.  When Jesus entered Jairus’ home to raise his daughter from the dead, he left Andrew behind.  Mark 5:37, And He permitted no one to follow Him except Peter, James, and John the brother of James.”  NKJV Why not Andrew?  This may have bothered Peter greatly, since Andrew was his brother (Mark’s gospel is really Peter’s gospel).  But it was no accident, for a few days later when Jesus went up to the Mount of Transfiguration, He did it again. He took Peter, James and John, and left Andrew behind.  Why not Andrew?

Perhaps there is a simple explanation. Maybe Andrew was one of those rare servant leaders who actually does not seek an office or position.  If so, he’d be the perfect choice to stay behind and help control the rowdy crowd and Jairus’ house; or stay behind to help keep the rest of the disciples in line while Jesus was transfigured.  But even so, in the back of our minds we have to ask, why not Andrew?  Did Andrew ever ask Jesus, “Lord, why not me?” 

Why does Jesus pick someone else to lead?  As with Andrew, there is always a good reason.  As with Andrew, you’ll have to discover it for yourself.  It could be as simple as you being the best person for the job right where you’re at.  Jesus knew the answer to why not Andrew? Jesus knows the answer to why not me?  Finding the answer begins with Him.