Do you love me more than these …?

August 5, 2011

“After breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Master, you know I love you. … “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” “Yes, Master, you know that I love you.” … “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” .. Peter was upset that he asked for the third time … “do you love me?” … so he answered, “Master, you know everything there is to know, You’ve got to know that I love you.” Jesus said, ” Feed my sheep.” … John 21:15-18 The Message

Jesus asks each one of us the same question as Peter .. but it is uniquely personal and intimate to your life. We would like Him to ask us in private at the time of our choosing when we have had time to prepare. There isn’t a bad time for Jesus. He can ask you just as you wake up in the morning .. on your way to work .. over lunch with a friend .. quietly when you are all alone .. or right out in the open with everyone watching. The truth about the loving Jesus is that it really hurts around hidden areas in our lives. It hurts because you know that “You” and Peter are not very different when it comes to laying your life down for someone and that someone is Jesus. It’s far easier to react and defend your weaknesses as bad timing or other distractions. But Jesus doesn’t change. His risen life is one that comes to find those who’ve wandered off or live defensively all the time against being caught off guard or just getting caught as falling short at a crucial moment. But this Jesus loves to restore and He does so with “scandalous grace” (Philip Yancey). He’ll find you and ask you that question that strips away all pretense: “Do you love me more than these?” The “more than these” parts are those personal areas in your life where you’ve relied on yourself to get through a difficult moment. He’s not trying to embarrass you or shame you into joining anything. He’s after your heart and wants to grace you with the gift of a “sacrificial giving heart” Jesus wants to strip away all those areas that keep you from living and walking truly in His presence. He only offers “on the job training” with undefined successes and silently piercing failures. What He’s after is a heart that’s completely sold-out to His life and arms-wide-open to receiving His indwelling life now and not later. “Jesus said, “Do you love me” And your answer … only takes a moment …

“Everything that goes into a life of pleasing God has been miraculously given to us by getting to know, personally and intimately, the One who invited us to God. The best invitation we ever received!” 2 Peter 1:3 The Message

About Ken Chester

I love seeing Christ become alive and real in someone's life. It is amazing what happens when Jesus moves in and starts to renovate a life. When I'm not riding my road bike, I am usually walking our corgi named Trinity (she came that way) and corgi-lab named Lowrider. Carolyn and I are transforming our backyard. And a book is on the way. ...Stay tuned ... Ken
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