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Here’s What I Want You to Do

John 21:15-19

Verse 17 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.”

We reach the last of Jesus’ directives for Peter. Peter had to be getting the picture of what Christ was asking of him by now.

Jesus has just said He knew Peter loves Him dearly to which Peter agrees. Jesus takes this opportunity to tell Peter that even if he only loves Him dearly instead of all in, the work of the kingdom needs to be done and Jesus wants Peter to do it. We have been watching as Peter, seemingly reluctantly, accepts the position.

Peter was frustrated with the repetition of this conversation but it was working in helping him come to the point of surrender. Jesus wasn’t wanting to irritate Peter but He was wanting him to stop rebelling against full surrender.

We need to pause a moment. It is easy to judge Peter about his inability to fully surrender to Christ. Not that we are ones to judge as we often miss the mark when it comes to full surrender in our lives. Less than 40 days earlier Peter had watched what happened when Jesus fully surrendered to God’s will.

We have likely read about Jesus’ prayers in Gethsemane so many times that we overlook the details. Though Peter was sleeping during Jesus’ prayers of torment over what was coming for Him, He didn’t refresh or shower before His disciples saw Him. Just as we would look puffy and red-eyed after hours of crying, Jesus would have looked like He had just gone through some rough emotional moments. And this was before the actual trials started.

Like us, Peter was probably thinking of all the things that could come his way if he did surrender. We always think of all the things that we may be asked to do for Christ that don’t sound like fun or maybe sound scary. But God isn’t going to throw us into a lion’s den – not that He couldn’t protect us there just like He did Daniel. God isn’t asking us to surrender for the sake of causing us trouble. He is calling us to live as kingdom workers. His kingdom workers.

Making It Personal

What scares you most about fully surrendering to God? What is something that you know God wants you to do that you haven’t done yet? When will you surrender?

Making It Personal Kids

What does it mean to surrender? Do you want to work for Jesus? What do you think He wants you to do?

Closing Prayer

Father, thank You for wanting us to work with You. Guide us to know exactly what it is that You want us to do. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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