Do You Truly Love Me?
When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.” The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.” John 21: 15-17
A lot of people tell me I’m courageous. But I am not. I am just like Peter. There are days when I mess up, and when I think God picked the wrong person. There are days when the needs in front of me are so overwhelming I wonder what the point of saving one is when I can’t save them all. But Jesus is calling me to reach for his hand and step out of the boat.
Throughout the Gospels, Jesus tells His followers that if we love Him we are to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit and care for the sick. These real people and real faces are in front of us, and they are Jesus. They are hungry, naked and sick, and they are asking us today: Will you feed me? Will you clothe me?
Maybe what I am doing is abnormal, but should it be? In light of what Christ has done for us, how could we not give all we have back to Him? Let’s get out of the boat and walk on the water with Jesus. Let’s feed His sheep.
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