Devotion: Friday, April 13
So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Feed My lambs.” John 21:15
When Jesus asked Peter if he loved Him more than these, He wasn’t speaking about the other disciples. Peter had already boasted about how he was more committed than the rest of the disciples and it didn’t end well. Jesus was asking, “Do you love me more than these boats, nets, sea, fishing business, security, and all that goes with it?” Perhaps Peter felt since he had denied Jesus, he was no longer worthy to be His disciple. Therefore he returned to what he knew how to do. However, Jesus delights in taking the broken and using them for His glory. Jesus knew that even though Peter denied Him, he truly did love Him. (Anybody else grateful that Scripture shows the warts of it’s heros?)
A few years earlier, Jesus had called Peter to leave the boats and come follow Him. This day was a renewal of that call. “Peter, you will no longer need those boats – you will spend the rest of your life feeding people the Word of God.” I can’t imagine how humbled Peter must have been by this meeting; and little did he know that in a matter of days the Holy Spirit would choose him to be the keynote speaker at Pentecost.
How I thank God for the example of Peter’s life in Scripture. How I praise Him that He is the God of the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and ongoing chances. Lord, I praise you for your mercies which keep us from being consumed. Lamentations 3:22 – 24