I have been hearing this question in my mind and heart, for the past week. But the version I’ve been hearing has been, “Denetta, do you love me more than your fears?” Ouch! Lord, you know I love You. But how much?
In John 20 and 21 chapter we read about the disciples’ response to Jesus death and resurrection. Peter was ashamed because he had denied knowing Jesus after his arrest. Although Jesus had just appeared to them in the room they were hiding in, Peter was still confused and ashamed. I imagine.. Jesus found him hiding! Peter didn’t know where to go from there so he did what he was comfortable doing, fishing. Jesus went where Peter was.
Peter and six other disciples had been fishing all night without success. They had to be exhausted tossing out the nets and pulling them in and throwing them out again. ALL NIGHT! Jesus met their need of fish then fed them, before asking the most powerful question to Peter, that launched him to his destiny.
“Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” Jesus used Peter’s birth name to address him here. Simon needed heaven’s revelation to become ‘Peter’. Jesus is asking me and you, “Do you love me more than your comfortable safe life?” If you do, if I do, Jesus wants me to feed his lambs. Feed his new believers. Encourage, support and pour into them.
Do I love Jesus more than my insecurities? Then take care of his sheep. Use my gifts and passions to build up my brothers and sisters.
Do I love Jesus more than fear of rejection? Then feed His sheep. Teach them God’s Word. Pray for his people. Serve the sheep.
Then I read Paul asking the church in Galatia (5:7-8) You were running the race so well. Who has held you back from following the truth?
8. It certainly isn’t God, for he is the one who called you to freedom.
Lord, I am ready to feed your lambs. I am willing to care for your sheep. I will feed your sheep. I offer these words for Your Glory!