They weren't the smartest, they weren't the best looking, they weren't the strongest...
So what made Peter and Andrew different from everyone else?
“’Come, follow me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will send you out to fish for people.’” – Matthew 4:19 NIV
When Jesus met Peter and his brother Andrew, they were nothing more than Galilean fisherman. But he had much bigger plans for them. He had a job for them that was more important and much bigger than merely catching fish. So, as he approached them on the coast, he called, “Come, follow me and I will send you out to fish for people” (Matthew 4:19). Jesus was not only going to call them to an impossible task, he was actually going to empower them to do it.
So, it’s probably not a surprise that after Jesus died, was raised, and ascended, it was Peter who preached the first Christian sermon. On the day of Pentecost, only a handful of days after Jesus had left them, Peter preached to a crowd of thousands of Jews from all over the known world. And around 3000 people became Christians. Truly, Peter was learning to fish for people.
As you teach this verse to your children, there are couple of important points to keep in mind. First, you should stress the fact that there was nothing special about Peter or Andrew. They weren’t the smartest guys in Israel. They weren’t the best looking. And they weren’t the strongest. From outward appearances, there was little to set them apart from hundreds of other people living nearby. In fact, only one thing really set them apart: they were willing to respond to Jesus’s call. When he said, “Follow me,” they followed.