We can often make following Jesus more complicated than it really is. Jesus definitely calls his followers to a radically different life. But the components of this life are at the core of our everyday existence. To take care of someone, to love them through action, is one of the most essential parts of following. It is the very essence of what it means to follow. Jesus gives examples such as giving a cup of cold water and providing help to widows and orphans. He shows that loving crosses all kinds of boundaries – in fact, he doesn’t seem to notice any boundaries at all. He sees his children. His children are to love and care for others who are his children and don’t even realize it yet. He opens the way to love beyond reason and care with all we have.
When Peter seems to have lost his way, Jesus brings him back with simple requests. Jesus tells him that if he loves him, he will feed and tend. He will take care of the most basic needs as Jesus would. He would shepherd and love the sheep as he has been taught to do. Actually, Peter is to tend and feed as Jesus has been doing for him for the last couple of years. Notice Jesus doesn’t send him on any particular theological discovery. He doesn’t ask him to fill out a test to find out what he knows. He asks him to feed and tend. Jesus knows Peter. He knows his heart. Peter has been at the feet of Jesus. And Jesus loves him beyond measure. In response, feed and tend.
What does following look like for you? Maybe it is time to find our way back like Peter did – feed and tend. Blessings my friends.
15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.”
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