Do You Love Me? Then Feed My Sheep.

These were Jesus’ words to Peter in John 21:15-17 It’s what he expected of him to show him that his love for Jesus was authentic. Jesus asked him 3 times. Why? I think he wanted to emphasize the importance of what he was asking Peter. I think Jesus wanted to make it crystal clear that this was not going to be an easy task. It’s easy for us to say “Sure Jesus, I can love your people, but then add our own disclaimer to it… (As long as they don’t mess with my comfort and way of doing things). Did you ever notice how smelly sheep are? I’ve been to plenty of county fairs to know that when I go into the sheep barn it is the one that smells the worst. No amount of clean bedding can take away the penetrating smell of sheep; it just lingers there. Have you ever touched a sheep? Their coat is wooly and coarse. People are wooly and coarse. I am learning to love on messy, smelly, coarse feeling sheep. Isn’t that what Jesus did? He didn’t go to the “safe” people in the synagogues and church gatherings; he went out to the messy sheep, the smelly sheep, and the sheep that nobody else wanted to touch. We have that same call. Christ does not call us to comfort, but to death. He calls us to walk in unselfish love, to have eyes, ears and hearts of compassion for one another. Just this morning God pointed out a very blatant truth to me. How often am I willing to “die to self” for the sake of the sheep? I found myself switching up my prayer to the point of praying “Lord, whatever it takes to get them to follow”. That means my ideas don’t need to be the ones chosen and used. This means having faith that God is moving in my prayers even when I can’t see. This week already, at church, I have seen and heard stories of very messy sheep. Sheep I serve along side of. Sheep God has called me to go to and love on and feed with words of encouragement and hope.
This means loving messy people when I don’t feel like it. WHEN I DON’T FEEL LIKE IT! Oh, yeh, he’s up to something. I have found myself more patient with others, I have found myself willing to step out of myself this week and come along side messy people. I have found myself learning to take more time for my daughter. I have found myself biting my tong and praying for wisdom and understanding of another’s point of view. I have found myself saturated in prayer and the word, and I know that is the only way that growth is going to not only happen but be deeply rooted. Jesus, I thank you for helping me to see and feel with people this week. I thank you for the ways in which you are growing me; it is amazing! I thank you that you never leave us or forsake us; and that you continue to mold us into your image. Father I repent of when I fall short and I thank you for your forgiveness. I thank you for everything in my life; the good, and the bad; and yes Lord; I thank you for the smelly sheep. We are all smelly sheep and you love us with such amazing grace. I pray right now for everyone that is reading this and for myself that you would continue to transform us in such amazing ways God that it just blows our little minds. I know you’re up to something God and I can’t wait to see what that looks like. Now may I go today, and be a good steward of everything that you put in front of me and may I lean on you alone for guidance and direction as you lead my every step. With a completely surrendered heart and desire to serve you I ask this all in Jesus Holy name. Amen.

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3 thoughts on “Do You Love Me? Then Feed My Sheep.

  1. Hi Robin, We need to do a salf-check on daily basis, I know I have too. Thank for praying for and others. I will be pray for you and that God will keep given you this wisdom. Thank you so much. In Christ Arch

  2. Great post.

    I think part of loving and serving others is seeing them as Jesus. He told us that when we serve the ‘least of these’ we’re serving him. When we start to treat even the hard to love people as we would treat Jesus we start to get more of a picture of what we should be doing.

    We don’t simply serve ‘the least of these’ because Jesus says we must, we serve them because in that very act we are serving Jesus himself.

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