|The Sea of Galilee from Peter’s Primacy
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. Jesus repeated the question: “Simon son of John, do you love me?” “Yes, Lord,” Peter said, “you know I love you.” “Then take care of my sheep,” Jesus said. 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.”
Then Jesus told him “Follow me.”
John 21:15-17,19 (NLT)
I don’t like change. I hold tightly to the comfort and efficiency of familiarity.
|Lysa TerKeurst teaches at the Sea of Galilee
At Peter’s house along the Sea of Galilee, Lysa TerKeurst taught that God doesn’t want us to get so settled in our comfort zone that we miss opportunities to follow Him into new territory.
Like Peter, Jesus’ fisherman disciple.
After the resurrection, Peter was probably uncertain of both his purpose and future. Missing his Friend and nursing the shame of denial, he returned home to fish. Jesus sought Peter out to
Do you love me more than these?
What were ‘these’? Was Jesus pointing toward Peter’s boat and fish? His family and friends?
If you love me more than ‘these’, feed my lambs, tend my sheep, and feed my sheep. Jesus describes a shepherd’s daily rhythm: calling the lambs by name, loving on them, and making sure they get the most tender grass; caring for the sheep, inspecting them for injury or illness; and leading them into pastures for grazing.
If you love me more than ‘these’, shepherd My flock.
The characteristics of a shepherd differ significantly from those of a fisherman. A fisherman quickly sorts his catch, counting the keepers and discarding those unworthy of sale so as not to pay unnecessary taxes. Jesus is not merely forgiving Peter. He’s turning him into a shepherd.
If you love me more than ‘these’, follow me.
What do you love more than Jesus?
Does it prevent you from leaving your comfort zone to follow
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