Today I was reading and reflecting on John 21:15-17. It is the passage where Jesus asks Peter three times if he loves Him. It says…
15 After breakfast Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love Me more than these? ” “Yes, Lord,” Peter replied, “You know I love You.” “Then feed My lambs,” Jesus told him. 16 Jesus repeated the question: “Simon son of John, do you love Me?” “Yes, Lord,” Peter said, “You know I love You.” “Then take care of My sheep,” Jesus said. 17 A third time He asked him, “Simon son of John, do you love Me?” Peter was hurt that Jesus asked the question a third time. He said, “Lord, You know everything. You know that I love You.” Jesus said, “Then feed My sheep.
Something I find interesting in this passage is that Jesus asks Peter to feed and take care of His lambs and sheep because he loves Him.
Jesus doesn’t say that Peter will love everyone that he serves, but if he loves Jesus he will serve out of his love. This reminds me of a quote I read from Mother Theresa a while back. She said this about serving others…
“I see Jesus in every human being. I say to myself, this is hungry Jesus, I must feed him. This is sick Jesus. This one has leprosy or gangrene; I must wash him and tend to him. I serve because I love Jesus.”
In these three short verses and the quote from Mother Theresa, we find a lot about what it is to serve and love Jesus. Loving Jesus means we will serve Him by serving others.
I was talking to someone recently and they said they felt like their prayers were bouncing off the ceiling. They felt that God did not seem to be listening or answering their prayers.
They were going through a hard time and were feeling a bit spiritually dry. So I prayed for them and encouraged them with Psalm 4:3. It says, “You can be sure of this: The Lord set apart the godly for himself. The Lord will answer when I call to him.”
This is David praying to God, but we can also draw on it today for ourselves. The “godly” in this verse are those who are faithful and devoted to God.
David knew that God would hear his prayers and that He would answer him. We, too, can be confident that God listens to our prayers and answers when we call on him.
Sometimes we think that God will not hear us because we are going through a hard time and we feel spiritually dry. Or we might have taken our eyes off God and His Kingdom.
But the reality is that if we have trusted Christ for salvation, God has forgiven us, and he hears our prayers. The way to the Father is open fully.
If you are like my friend and you feel as though your prayers are bouncing off the ceiling, remember that as someone who trusts in Christ you have been set apart by God and that he loves you.
We need to remember His eyes, ears, hands and heart are always open to us.
I have been thinking about the devotion I read this morning and shared here.
I have been thinking about how many people give up on their dreams. Many give up too soon before they really get a chance to see success.
Some give up because of early failure. Some give up because of finances. Some give up because of trials and tribulations. Some just get weary in doing good.
Today I want to encourage you to try again. If you have failed at your early attempts, if you have run out of money, if the struggles of life have become too much. Get back on the horse and try again.
Many people who have achieved great things have gone through the same struggles, but they have persevered. They have kept moving forward.
As the devotion said yesterday “Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20).
Hang in there with God. Keep trusting. Keep believing. Keep moving forward. Give it one more try. Your breakthrough may be just around the corner.