PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Feed My SheepTim Savage
A third time he asked him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt that Jesus asked the question a third time. He said, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Then feed my sheep. John 21:17
“Tim, do you love Me?” “Yes Lord, I do.” “Then feed my sheep.” It was important enough for Jesus to repeat this question to Peter 3 times. So what does it mean? How am I to live according to this question? What does feed my sheep mean? I need to care for those that God cares about. Each of us will care for people in different ways and each of us have different people to care for. We all have families we are responsible for, but Jesus is talking about more than just our families, He’s referring to believers and non-believers and anyone within our sphere of influence. How then do we feed them? I think we spread the love of God through our actions, responses and our words. I must represent Jesus in such a way that I influence others towards Him. I need to provide nourishment to their souls and help to quench that hunger for significance that only God can provide. Jesus’ statement is so profound because it informs us to provide whatever necessary to draw others to Christ.
My application is to maximize my gifts and passions so that I am feeding as many sheep with as much of Jesus as possible in ways that are appropriate and relevant to them. When each of us is feeding the sheep in our own ways we will help draw many to Christ, surrounding them with the love, peace and significance that only He can provide. “Tim, do you love Me?” “Yes Lord I do.” “Then feed my sheep.”
Dear Heavenly Father, Open my eyes so that I may see the world from Your perspective. Teach me how to feed Your sheep and lead others to You. In Jesus name, Amen