Daily Dose – August 24

When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?’ He said to him, ‘Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed my lambs.’ A second time he said to him, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me?’ He said to him, ‘Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Tend my sheep.’He said to him the third time, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me?’ Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, ‘Do you love me?’ And he said to him, ‘Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed my sheep. Very truly, I tell you, when you were younger, you used to fasten your own belt and to go wherever you wished. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will fasten a belt around you and take you where you do not wish to go.’ (He said this to indicate the kind of death by which he would glorify God.) After this he said to him, ‘Follow me.’  Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them; he was the one who had reclined next to Jesus at the supper and had said, ‘Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?’ When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, ‘Lord, what about him?’ Jesus said to him, ‘If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? Follow me!’ So the rumour spread in the community that this disciple would not die. Yet Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but, ‘If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you?’ -- John 21:15-23 The Sea of Galilee is a beautiful place.  It is actually a very large lake in the northern and rural area of Israel.  The miracles and ministry of our Lord Jesus often happened in that region.  Jesus met with his disciples on this lakeshore following his Easter resurrection.  He spoke words of encouragement and gave them their continued assignment.  Jesus was direct and specific with Simon Peter about his future role in the work of God’s Kingdom.  “Feed my sheep”, Jesus said.  “Feed my lambs”, Jesus said.  “Do you love me?”, Jesus asked Simon.  It remains the central question for anyone and everyone who wants to be a servant Christian.  We do what we do because we love Jesus.  If we do anything at all for any other reason at all then we have laid our sacrifice on the wrong altar.  Peter was good to go except for one thing.  He looked over his shoulder and saw his friend John and asked Jesus, “What about him?”  “That’s none of your business and the answer is above your paygrade”, was the Lord’s answer.  I wasted a lot of energy in my early Christian life asking the Simon Peter question.  The question derailed my train every time.  Comparing your work and your assignment in Christ is a real joy killer.  Jesus calls us and equips us and uses us and is with us.  Let that be enough.  You will find great joy and strength as you serve others simply because our Lord Jesus assigned you the task. Dr. Don Martin