April 11, 2018: What Are You WIlling to Give Up?

John 21:15 (NIV)
15  When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?”

Breakfast was over and Jesus was talking with Peter away from the other disciples.  “Simon, son of Jonas do you love me more than these?”

Jesus had asked him to go back to Jerusalem and wait until he was clothed with power from on high and yet here he is out on the sea doing what he knows to do.  Fishing had been his life and it was all he knew.  It was his go-to game when he could not figure out anything else.

Jesus, wanting to see Peeter’s heart, asked him a very pointed question, “Do you love me more than these?”  What are the “these” he is speaking of? Some said he was pointing at the other disciples and asked him if he loved him more than the others did. This could not be the meaning because our Lord would never ask a question that would pit brother against brother in some form of competition for his love.

No, there had to be another meaning. Looking around at the fish that had been caught Jesus probably pointed to the huge catch of fish and asked, “Peter, I know you have only known fishing your whole life but I want to know if are you willing to put all you know aside and follow me wholly from now on?”

“If you follow me, Peter, there will be no more days where you will be on the boats hauling in great catches of fish.  I want to know if you are willing to work with me to bring in another catch, a multitude of those who are lost that the Father longs to redeem?”

Let me ask you that same question, “Are you willing to say no to all that you know and surrender to follow Jesus not knowing what he will have you do or where he will lead you?”

A great question to consider,

 

Pastor phil

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