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Let’s Try This Again

John 21:15-17

Verse 16 Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”

We have talked about how Peter couldn’t match Jesus’ level of love and how that didn’t deter Jesus from commissioning Peter for work in the kingdom.

Jesus shows His level of love for Peter by repeating His question. But Peter still isn’t ready to go to that level so he responds yet again with the chummy sort of love. But once again Jesus continues without missing a beat in disappointment. He just takes Peter deeper into his call to kingdom work.

Jesus is not letting Peter off easy. He isn’t going to give up just because Peter didn’t respond the way He wanted the first time. Nor is Jesus going to badger Peter to get the answer He wants. Jesus lovingly and kindly repeats His previous question.

Jesus and Peter have quite the history. Peter’s character is impetuous. He was known for speaking out of turn and without much thought. Jesus had corrected him on more than one occasion. But when He needed Peter to slow down and think about things He patiently took the time to help Peter work through it mentally.

Peter knows how he has failed Jesus in the past. And though he is thankful for Christ’s forgiveness, he probably doesn’t think he is capable of doing what Jesus is asking of him. He knows his character. He knows that he seldom is able to maintain his cool and probably wonders why Jesus would even bother asking him. Peter may have thought, “Jesus knows I can’t be trusted to be in charge, just think of all the things I could say that would potentially mar His name.”

There are times when we will be asked by God to do things that we don’t feel we are cut out for. God doesn’t call us to do something because of our qualifications. He called Moses to be His spokesman even though Moses had speech issues. He called Samuel to deliver a message of judgment when he was only a young child. Just because we don’t see ourselves being able to do something, doesn’t mean God doesn’t have plans for us to do it.

Making It Personal

Is there something that God has called you to do that you have been doubting Him about? Why don’t you feel like you can do it? Do you trust God to be able to help you do it?

Making It Personal Kids

Did you know that God sometimes uses kids to do what He wants done? What do you think is something that He would ask a kid to do for Him? Would you want to obey if God asked you to do something for Him?

Closing Prayer

Father, thank You for using us in our weakness. Grow us in ways that help us willingly obey because of seeing Your strength instead of our frailty. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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