Scripture for the week: John 21:15-25
Quote for the week: “Feed my lambs…Follow me!”
I believe the entire book of John can be summarized with the above two quotes. Jesus came to this earth to redeem His own. He came that we might have life and have it abundantly.
The plan is simple: follow Him. The process is even simpler: allow Jesus Christ to be your life. Jesus has told us that we are in Him as He is in the Father. He has made this a wonderful and abundant life. He has given us His very life so we might live our life by Him and for Him.
What happens when we follow Him and place our very being in Him? We feed His sheep. He is alive and powerful inside our very being. He works with, in, and through us to allow the Father’s will to be fully accomplished through us, feeding His lambs while we are on this earth. We tend to be so wrapped up in the physical, financial, and emotional that we have no room for the spiritual, which is real life anyway.
We are IN Christ and He is in us. This is the message John received from Jesus. With this we can follow Jesus and allow Jesus to feed His lambs though us, His precious vessel.
Prayer for the week: Father, thank you for Jesus. Thank you for allowing me to be in Him and Him to be in me.
When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.” 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. Very truly I tell you, 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.” Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!” Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. (This was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and had said, “Lord, who is going to betray you?”) When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord, what about him?” Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.” Because of this, the rumor spread among the believers that this disciple would not die. But Jesus did not say that he would not die; he only said, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?” This is the disciple who testifies to these things and who wrote them down. We know that his testimony is true. Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.
John 21:15-25 (NIV)