Take Care of My Sheep
Whispers From the Father
When Jesus and the disciples had finished eating, Jesus spoke to Simon Peter. He asked, “Simon, son of John, do you really love me more than these others do?”
“Yes, Lord,” he answered. “You know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”
Again Jesus asked, “Simon, son of John, do you really love me?”
He answered, “Yes, Lord. You know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”
Jesus spoke to him a third time. He asked, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?”
Peter felt bad because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He answered, “Lord, you know all things. You know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.” John 21:15-17
To feed God’s sheep; to take care of others, to look after them….that is what God asks us to do.
“But,” we respond, “helping others is inconvenient.” We would rather not interrupt our schedule. (See Luke 10:25-37 especially verses 30-32)
“Helping others is uncomfortable, ” we add. Walking down a long hallway to talk to an inmate via telephone behind glass windows is out of our comfort zone . Stepping into a kitchen that is not ours to prepare meals for the homeless can be awkward (how DOES this stove work?) It is easier to ignore the person on the side of the road holding a sign than it is to reach out to them. Going to a another country on a mission trip exposes you to different food, different customs, different diseases and different bathroom facilities (if you are lucky enough to have a bathroom at all).
“Do you love Me?” Jesus asks.
“Take care of My sheep.”
I ask myself: “Am I caring for His sheep? In the way He wants me to? Using the gifts He has graced me with?”
As I ponder those questions, and the answers, I am certain I can do better than I am.