Jesus and Peter
15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16 He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” 17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep”.
So the last few blogs highlight I believe the pressure points that God has been working on in my heart the last couple weeks (months, years?!?!?) and not surprisingly even though I have been in a valley of despair feeling stuck in my walk, the clarity that is typical as I emerge from another dross burning session begins to come into focus.
Believe in me, then obey my commandments, as a result of our relationship be filled with joy, and now this morning His word points clearly to what this journey is all about.
“Feed my sheep”
If anyone can attest to the miracles of Christ by being transformed beyond the death march of addictions, depression, constant anxiety, isolation and other forms of separation from God, then you have a story of redemption, no matter where you are on that path.
It is in sharing that story, the miracles of the realities of salvation in Christ that you have experienced first hand that must be told.
We feed His sheep by telling our story, His story, to the one who is close, tell it to the many who are in proximity. Do not be concerned about what others think, shout from the rooftops the glory of God.
We have been set free!
11 And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.
Father God I thank you for the struggles of Sanctification that are a reality thanks only to Your work of Justification. That you came in the flesh, struggled as we do, overcame the temptations of sin, died for all mankind and rose so that we may live free in You is beyond comprehension or description. I pray today Father for the heart that rests in Your finished work and a mouth that sings You praises boldly so all can hear. Let me remain focused on how great You are and not how short I fall. Allow me this day Lord to walk in obedience to Your will so that I may receive the glory of being of use in Your kingdom for Your purposes and Your glory alone, let it not be in pursuit of my silly, weak, fleshly desires. Let this day be a living testimony to the greatness of Your works throughout all creation, that others may seek their own freedom in You Lord Jesus. In Your precious name I pray…