“Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?”
“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”
And so the conversation went as three times Jesus asked the same question.
Three times Simon Peter replied, and each time Jesus followed with a command:
Feed my lambs
Take care of my sheep
And Finally, feed my sheep.
Facing college graduation, Jesus asked me the same question. Over and over again. Repeatedly I answered and He would say, “Feed my sheep.”
I would then answer with, “but I don’t know how.”
This conversation led me to study what Scripture requires of a Shepherd, and then led me into a training opportunity where I could learn more about this thing He called Shepherding. One of the primary lessons I needed to learn was that a good shepherd is also a “good” sheep. Jesus fed me. He cares for and about me. He feeds me.
When I let Him.
It seems easy enough to be a sheep, but being a faithful, available, teachable sheep – now that is another thing.
Faithful to obey. Faithful to Him and to His standards. Faithful to His heart.
Available to do and to go and to be who and what He wants.
Teachable by life and Scripture and those He places over and around me. Being a humble question-asker, help seeker and student.
Like two sides of a coin, being a FAT sheep and a good shepherd must be melded together. God does a lot of His Shepherding through human shepherds. This world is in desperate need of some shepherding. People need to be sought after, cared about, fed. People need to know their Good Shepherd.
Lenten season is an especially good time to ponder Jesus’ question: Do you love me? Of course the answer is “yes”.
“Yes, Lord, I love you. Yes, I will stick closer to You, my Shepherd, growing in faithfulness, availability and teachability. Yes, I will shepherd alongside and with you those sheep you bring to me.”
(LuAnn Turner, Community Involvement Pastor)