TUESDAY, MAY 18
After breakfast Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” Peter replied, “you know I love you.” “Then feed my lambs,” Jesus told him.
John 21:15 (NLT)
LOVE GOD, LOVE PEOPLE – KEYS: FEEDING THE LAMBS
Shrek was a merino sheep that had evaded capture and shearing for six years? When he was finally discovered in his high mountain cave of New Zealand by musterer Ann Scanlan, he was almost unrecognizable as a sheep. The first thing his rescuer did was pin back his wool so he could see to walk. There was such an interest in Shrek’s return that the owner kept him in a pen for weeks so reporters and television stations could broadcast the amazing return of the lost sheep. And then, on live television, world champion shearer Peter Casserly shaved off six years of matted wool. As the shearer worked, he laid Shrek on his side with a foot of wool as his bed.
How much is Shrek’s story like our story, for “we all like sheep have gone astray.” But Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross removes all of our sin and guilt that makes us unrecognizable as children of God. Jesus came to die for His sheep. In John 21, Jesus says in response to Peter’s profession of love for Him, “Then feed my lambs.”
One of the ways we check our heart for God is by checking our heart for His people. Three times Jesus told Peter if he loved Jesus, he should take care of God’s sheep. Sometimes people say they don’t need church to be right with God. But Jesus taught, if you are loving Him you will be loving His people. In what ways have you demonstrated love for God’s lamb’s lately?
Praise God for finding you when you were a lost sheep. Thank God for the other sheep you can share God’s love with.