John 21:17 (NKJV)
17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, 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 all things; You know that I love You.”
Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep.
I look at the commandments of the Bible and think about how far I miss the mark by sometimes. I honestly do. I saw a tee-shirt the other day that exemplified my failures perfectly, it read “Word’s Okayest Brother.” The core of our Christian walk should be love. There are times I hit the mark, there are other times however, that I miss completely. I want to strive to be better than an okay brother, and this scripture can guide us all in that direction.
Do You Love Me?
Luke 10:27 reminds us how we should love the Lord… (27) So he answered and said, “ ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’ ” The question is, do we love Him that way? Do we love the Lord with all our heart? Do We love Him with all our soul? Do we love Him with all our strength? Do we love Him with all our mind? That is what we are being called to. The Lord, of course, is the only one that truly knows our hearts. Do you truly love the Lord, or do you just love the promise? If you love the Lord, we must love our neighbor, after all, they are His children. How should we love His children? It starts with feeding them!
Feed My Sheep
At first glance, this commandment seems simple enough, teach them His word, right? Yes and no. Yes, we are absolutely commanded to teach His sheep, but a closer look at the word feed would explain that teaching alone is not what we are being called to. The Greek word here is poimainō or to tend as a shepherd. What does that mean? We need to take our tending to the next level.
Teaching, Caring, And Loving
Young Christians need to hear Biblical doctrine from their elder counterparts, absolutely! But to truly tend for sheep, we must do more than simply feed them every once in a while. We have to come alongside them, care for them, and love them. Galatians 6:2 offers the following as a reminder what it looks like to come alongside a brother or sister… (2) Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ… New Christians must feel the love of Christ through our actions. They need to know someone here on earth cares about them and much as their heavenly Father. It is wonderful to feed the sheep, they will appreciate it, but there is more to this calling. We must be willing to teach, care for, and love the flock around us just as Jesus did. That is how the kingdom will grow.
If we want to see the kingdom grow, there is work we must be willing to do. We have to be believer’s that are willing to teach, care for, and love God’s people. This world is a tough place to journey through, new Christians need the love and support of the entire flock. Show God’s love continually!
1 John 3:1 (NKJV)
1 Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!