I Know That You Know That I Know
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.”
Yesterday we talked about how Peter couldn’t make the commitment of love that Jesus was wanting so Jesus gave him a counter offer that Peter could accept. Even though Jesus was making the extra step towards Peter, he felt hurt that Jesus would keep asking.
Our verse for the day says that Peter was hurt by Jesus asking him about his love for a third time. Jesus must have been hurt by Peter’s response each time. This discussion wasn’t easy on either of these friends. Peter’s main hurt was that he didn’t think that Jesus believed he loved Him. Jesus’ main hurt was that Peter didn’t want to take the step to love Him to the fullest. Two hurts from two perspectives. There was one mission and there needed to be unity of purpose.
Jesus had been asking, “I know you love me, but how much do you love me?” Peter was saying, “You know all things, so You know that I love You! How much do You want from me?!” Jesus had told Peter how much He wanted from him but Peter was short on the commitment needed. But he knew Jesus and Jesus knew him.
Peter had a choice to make. He knew what Jesus wanted. He knew that Jesus was calling him into deeper commitment. Peter also knew that Jesus was calling him to be in ministry no matter what that may bring. Peter knew fishing but he knew that Jesus not only knew fish, He had made them. Jesus had told Peter three years earlier that He would make Peter a fisher of men. Peter was not a man who had studied to understand mankind. He knew he was not a great speaker. But Jesus knew men because He had made them. Jesus knew exactly what He was doing.
Jesus knew Peter’s character. He knew that Peter’s impetuous personality made him the person that would be able to preach to thousands of people in a single setting without having to think about it. Jesus knew that Peter being filled with the Holy Spirit would be what the world needed. Jesus knew that when the Holy Spirit filled Peter, the message would go forth. Jesus also knows our character and His plans for using us for His kingdom is not hindered by what we as humans may see as a flaw. We just need to surrender and obey.
Making It Personal
What do you know about your character that you think is a hindrance to your being used for the kingdom? How could Jesus be wanting to use that part of your personality? How are you going to use it for Him today?
Making It Personal Kids
Do you have something about you that you think Jesus couldn’t use to help people get to know Him? How could Jesus use you to reach people about Jesus? What can you do for Jesus today?
Father, thank You for knowing us the way You do. Thank You for being willing to use us in our frailty. Help us never balk at how You are wanting to use us. In Jesus’ name, amen.