We read John 21:15-25 and talked about Jesus restoring Peter. Every believer has been, or will be, in Peter’s position. We will fail our Lord. We can say, “We love our Lord and will never abandon Him.” However, like Peter, we will deny Him one way or another. Matthew 26:33, “Peter replied, ‘Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will.'” We know how that turned out. Peter denied Jesus three times.
Perhaps when have failed our Lord, we feel that we are not worthy. The question Jesus asked Peter, He asks us as well. “Do you love me more than these?” How can we answer that? “Yes, Jesus. I love you more than they love you,” or “I love you more than all of these.” Do I love my ministry, my job, my sports team, my wife and my children more than Jesus?
Jesus uses the words, “Me amas.” It is a term used for agape love. When Peter answered Jesus, he used the words, “Te Quiero.” It is a term used for a strong friendship. Our love for Jesus needs to be more than just a strong friendship. It needs to be agape. It needs to be a sacrificial love. A committed love. We cannot love the world or ourselves more than Jesus.
When Jesus called Peter, He told him that he would make Peter “a fisher of men.” When we are called, we are to be “fishers of men.” We are to go out and make disciples. Yet, our calling is more than just evangelizing, we are to love. We are to pastor, feed and take care of His lambs and sheep. Casa does not just tell the children about the love of the Lord; it is shown…by protecting, teaching, feeding, disciplining, and loving.
Do we truly love the Lord? Feed His lambs. Take care of His sheep.
Our good deed boy is at it again. Funny how he shows up when I’m in the laundry room. I know he does it to get attention and a “treat” but the fact still remains that he tries. We, as adults, have to be honest. Many times we aren’t so different. When the boss is around, people work harder. It is almost comical that I can walk out my door and I immediately hear a leader tell the boys to lower their voices. The leaders want me to hear them doing their job. Yet, we know that it is not man we need to please; it is our Lord. Shout to the Lord! Psalm 145:1-2, “I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name for ever and ever. Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever.” He is worthy.
Lee and Candy