“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.
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.
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.”
Three times Christ asked Peter if he loved Him.
Peter was grieved because he knew and loved the Lord, and yet, Christ was still asking.
Because after Christ died, Peter went back to being a fisherman, just like he had done before he knew Christ.
Maybe he was struggling with the loss of his mentor, teacher, and friend. Maybe he wasn’t exactly sure what he was supposed to do next, so he went back to what he knew.
This is something that we can all think about, something that I want to think about more.
For 18 months of my life, I taught people about Christ and His gospel every single day. I loved talking about Him and sharing the joy the gospel brought into my life and watching it bring joy and change lives as others accepted it.
When I got home though, I slowly started talking about Him less.
I stopped feeding His sheep.
What does it mean to feed His sheep?
We have the greatest gift in the world. And that is the knowledge of Christ and our Heavenly Father, the plan they have for us, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
So how can we share it? How can we feed the sheep around us?
Maybe some of them have been fed, but need a little more love.
Maybe some are starving and searching for food.
We have it. So why don’t we share it more?
I’m not trying to call anyone out. If anything, this week was a reminder to myself for what I can do better. For what I want to do better.
Part of why I started this blog back in October was because I wanted to talk about Christ on a more regular basis. I wanted to strengthen my own faith in Him and help/encourage others to do the same.
This week there was part of me that felt as if the Savior was asking me directly “lovest thou me?”
And I do. I do love Christ.
And His reply to that is to feed His sheep.
I hope to do better. I want to be a light and share His goodness with more people. I’m praying for opportunities to do so, and I’ll keep posting on my blog because I feel like this is a great place to do that.
How do you feed His sheep? What are you doing already? What could you start doing?