Just before Jesus left this earth, He had a serious conversation with Simon Peterabout how to care for the Church that would follow.Although Peter wouldn’t have known at the time exactly what Jesus was talking about, there Is little question in my mind that this conversation changed Peter’s perspective forever.
Three times Jesus asked Peter, “Do you love Me?” each time Peter answered, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” Each time, Jesus would follow, “Feed My sheep.”
Was Jesus unaware of Peter’s love? Of course not. His question was not for Himself, but for Peter. He asked His questions to underscore the essential truth that only love for Christ would sustain Peter in the work that lay ahead.
Jesus did not ask Peter if he loved His sheep, but if he loved Him.Affection for God’s people may fade, but a Love for God will always grow.
Our love for Christ is the only sufficient motivation that will enable us to stay the course, to grow personally and to continue to feed the flock of God. Thus Jesus asks you and me, “Do you love Me? Feed My sheep.”