When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you truly 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 truly 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. John 21:15-17 (NIV)
Fed To Feed
I know your call on my life. What call do I have on your life? I have been fed to feed. That sounds interesting. I would like to hear what you have to say on this subject. You drew me to yourself. You turned my life around. You rescued me from a life without you. You helped me to turn away from my sin to begin a life of loving, following and serving you. You restored my soul. You filled me with your Holy Spirit. You set me on your path of life. Yes, I did all of these things for you. When I first started following you. I had no idea what it meant to follow you as my Savior and Lord. I was completely helpless, almost like a newborn baby. I had so much growing to do. Yes, you did. You did not let me remain in this condition. No, I did not. You fed me. You taught me. You trained me. Yes, I did. How did I feed and teach and train you? You brought people into my life that you used as your instruments. Godly men and woman served as my example. They led me in prayer. They guided me in worship. They taught me your word. They worked alongside me in ministry. You brought a multitude of people alongside me to help me on every step of my journey of faith with you. That is exactly what I have done for you. To that, I would say I have been very well fed spiritually. That’s right. That’s true.
Now, it is my turn. I have been fed to feed. Just as I have been fed, so I will feed others. Just as I have been guided in prayer, so I will guide others in prayer. Just as I have been led in worship, so I will lead others in worship. Just as I have been taught your word, so I will teach others your word. And of course, I will work alongside others just as they have worked alongside me. In every way, I will respond fully to your call. Just as you have called others to feed your sheep, so will I, feed your sheep. That will be very good. Yes, you do know my call on your life. Thank you for calling me into your service.
Lord, thank you that others have heard your call and have engaged in feeding me spiritually. Where would I be without them? Now, I know that you are calling me to feed others spiritually. Lord, it will be my joy to go and feed your sheep because I love you. Amen
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