Do You Really Love Me?
“When Jesus and the disciples had finished eating, Jesus spoke to Simon Peter. He asked, ‘Simon, son of John, do you really love me more than these others do?’ ‘Yes, Lord,’ he answered. ‘You know that I love you.’ Jesus said, ‘Feed my lambs.’ Again Jesus asked, ‘Simon, son of John, do you really love me?’ He answered, ‘Yes, Lord. You know that I love you.’ Jesus said, ‘Take care of my sheep.’ Jesus spoke to him a third time. He asked, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love me?’ Peter felt bad because Jesus asked him the third time, ‘Do you love me?’ He answered, ‘Lord, you know all things. You know that I love you.’ Jesus said, ‘Feed my sheep.’” (John 21: 15-17, NIrV)
Karen and I have been blessed to serve on the leadership team at our church, World Changers Church-Houston, a satellite church under Pastors Creflo and Taffi Dollar. It’s been a remarkable journey since we helped plant the church in December 2009. We often talk about the faithfulness of our leadership team and stewards and their willingness to do whatever it takes to serve the members, guests and God in excellence.
Reading this passage, I’m reminded that part of showing our love for Jesus means we offer faithful work, service, and sacrifice with a joyful and unselfish attitude. I’ve observed many Christians who claim and profess a love for Christ but their actions speak otherwise. Why are so many church members unwilling to sacrifice their time to serve at church? Why is it only 20% of believers tithe regularly? Why do we wish to reap the benefits of the harvest without ever once putting our shoulders to the plow and going to the field to work?
Child of God, I encourage you to ask yourself the same question that Jesus posed to Peter, “Do you really love me?” If the answer is “Yes” then ask Him to show you how and where He wants you to use your gifts and talents that He has given you. Be willing to respond to His call and serve. Be willing to open doors, greet others with a warm smile and loving heart, direct traffic in the parking lot, count tithes and offerings, teach in the Children’s Ministry or sing in the choir. Be willing to serve Him with affection, humility, and faithfulness. Many sheep need to be fed and cared for. Show you really do love Jesus by caring for others.
Lord, thank you for your Word. Jesus, teach me to put my love for you to work by caring for your sheep. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, amen.
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