Feed My Sheep

"This is now the third time that Jesus shewed himself to his disciples, after that he was risen from the dead. So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, [son] of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to him again the second time, Simon, [son] of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. He saith unto him the third time, Simon, [son] of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep." - John 21:14-17 KJV

After Jesus rose from the dead, he was seen by multitudes of people.  He spent some time tiding up some things before He was seated at the right hand of the Father.  One of those was emphasizing how important it was to spread the Word of God.  In this exchange with Simon (Peter), He asked Him 3 times if he loved Him.  We know Jesus knew the answer, He knows everything, but for the purposes of illustrating a lesson to us, He asked him anyway. "Do you love me? ( I am paraphrasing) His answer was of course I love you Lord.  Jesus asked 3 times to answer 3 times, "Feed my sheep" 

In present times, we can get the Word out over the internet, TV, radio, satellite, and loud speakers.  We use Facebook, Twitter, Vine, Instagram and other countless social media outlets.  That is a good thing, we need to use the tools we have to spread the Gospel.  However, the most important way we get out the Gospel, is in the way we live.  If our feet do not line up with our lips, we do God a disservice.  If we behave like the world while proclaiming our love and devotion to Jesus, we are hypocrites.  We are all guilty of this from one day to the next.  We should strive to walk worthy of our redeemer.  Paul wrote to the church in Corinth these words.

"Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or need we, as some [others], epistles of commendation to you, or [letters] of commendation from you? Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men: [Forasmuch as ye are] manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart." - 2 Corinthians 3:1-3 KJV

My prayer for today;

"Lord, help me to walk worthy of you.  Help me to walk circumspect and not conform to the world.  Help my words line up with my actions.

Amen

 

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