Monday, June 25, 2007

From Lamb to Sheep

Lately I've been thinking about being called as disciple. What does this mean. I keep coming back to John 21:15-19

15When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?" "Yes, Lord," he said, "you know that I love you." Jesus said, "Feed my lambs." 16Again Jesus said, "Simon son of John, do you truly love me?" He answered, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you." Jesus said, "Take care of my sheep." 17 The third time he said to him, "Simon son of John, do you love me?" Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, "Do you love me?" He said, "Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you."
Jesus said, "Feed my sheep. 18 I tell you the truth, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go." 19Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, "Follow me!"

I guess one of the reason I come back to these verse is Jesus asks Peter the same question 3 times. When I was arguing with God the other morning on why I can't do children ministry work. It took hearing 3 times "I'll lift you up when you feel like you are drowning." So I decide to look closer at these verses. Each time when Peter says yes he loves God he gives him a new command. First he is told to feed his lambs. A lamb is a baby so I take this as we are to care for the new christian and nurture them in their walk with Christ. Next Jesus says take care of my sheep. He is telling Peter to assis the mature believer too. The third time he says feed my sheep. I believe he is telling Peter to teach/ equip the mature Christian. This would mean Peter was a leader. He is to do this for the Glory to God no matter the cost.

What I come away with when I read this is Jesus is also talking to anyone who's a disciple and in leadership positions . He is telling them they must nurture the new believer, care for the flock and feed or equip the mature Christian. He is saying it won't be easy but it will glorify God and that is what matters.

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