John 21:15-22, So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. 16 He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. 17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep. 18 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not. 19 This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me. 20 Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee? 21 Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do? 22 Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.
Three times, in a matter of a few minutes or so, Jesus asks Peter, “Do you love Me?” Anytime I read this passage, which is quite frequently, I sense the Spirit of God asking me the same question. “Johnny, do you love Jesus?” And if you do, “How much do you love Him?”
It’s much easier to talk about, teach about, preach about, and even sing about loving Jesus than to actually love Him enough to obey and follow Him!
*Twice in the conversation above, Jesus tells Peter to follow Him (JN 21:19, 22)!
It will always cost us something (family, friends, financial security, future ambitions, and possibly even freedom) if we choose to step out of casual, comfortable, complacent, and cultural Christianity to follow Jesus!
“My biggest fear, even now, is that I will hear Jesus’ words and walk away, content to settle for less than radical obedience to Him. ” – David Platt
Just reflecting on the call to follow the One we love!