FULL EMPLOYMENT

FULL EMPLOYMENT

John 21:15 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.” 16 A second time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Tend my sheep.” 17 He said to him the third time, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” And he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.

This was Jesus’ third time of coming to the disciples after his resurrection. There had just been a great catch of fish and breakfast on the beach over a charcoal fire. Perhaps Jesus was thinking of another fire, the one Peter was warming himself by when he denied Jesus three times the night of Jesus’ arrest, He now addresses Peter more formally as Simon, son of John. This same man, Simon, son of John, Jesus had early-on renamed Peter, the rock. But the “rock” had not proven very solid that night of the three denials. Now Jesus poses three questions, actually one question three times, that Peter cannot deny, “do you love me?” Satisfied, Jesus lovingly and forgivingly appoints Peter as shepherd, trusting him with Jesus own flock. One moral of the story is that the love of God disqualifies nobody, not Peter, nor even you or me, from caring for, taking on responsibility for and helping with the feeding of  God’s flock, anywhere – from Jerusalem to Pleasant Hill and beyond. I think Jesus loves seeing full-employment churches, despite our flaws or even our in-abilities of whatever sort. He calls to kingdom service those who offer him their avail-ability and then provides the necessary ability.
Pastor Bill

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