I have long been fascinated by the life of Peter, the disciple of Jesus. He was the oldest and sometimes not the wisest of the 12 disciples. He often spoke before he thought, but there are times when he spoke, and it was obvious he was being moved to speak by the Holy Spirit.
Peter had his faith strengthened by catching a great number of fish at a time when the fish shouldn’t have been caught. He also had the opportunity to walk on water, before sinking into the sea because he took his eyes of Christ.
On the night Christ was arrested, two disciples denied Christ. Judas and Peter. When Judas realized what he had done he tried to undo his behavior, and when he could not he committed suicide. Peter denied Christ as well but he continued to cling to Christ and received the assurance that he was forgiven.
Judas on that fateful not lost the opportunity to be with Christ again. Peter was truly sorry for his actions and sought true repentance.
After Christ’s resurrection once again long the shore of the sea, Peter received affirmation that Christ had forgiven him when Jesus first asked, “Peter, do you love me.” Peter answered “Yes” three times. Each time Jesus responded, “Then feed my sheep.” Peter went on to become one of the great evangelists of all times.
When we sin, each of us denies Christ as our Saviour. But when we truly repent of our sin, Christ through the Holy Spirit asks us “Do you love Me.” If we answer in the affirmative, and the Holy Spirit impresses upon our heart saying, “Then feed my sheep.” Why are we not feeding Christ’s sheep?
If we truly believe Christ was and is the Son of God, who came to be our sacrifice and by accepting Him as our Saviour and asking for forgiveness he pardons our sins, then why do we not feed the sheep as Christ asked Peter to do?
If we truly believe in God and his sacrifice for us, we to should be feeding sheep.