I am not ashamed to follow Jesus
15When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”16Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”17The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.18I tell you the truth, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.”19Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!” John 21:15-19
Before church this morning I had an amazing run along dirt tracks through Australian bush with the early morning sun and clear blue sky as company. I was listening to some amazing music and and one particular song just grabbed me, ‘Worthy is the Lamb’ , drawing me into an amazing state of worship while I ran. I lifted my hands, giving myself over to worship, pushing my usual male reserve to the side as I allowed myself to be taken by the moment of connection with God. Tears filled my eyes as the Holy Spirit filled my heart and I began praising Jesus.
I got home full of energy and renewed sense of the awesome power and love of being in relationship with Jesus.
In reading this passage from John I am struck by how insistent Jesus is to Peter around loving Him, Jesus asks Peter three times whether he loves Him and Peter gets a bit upset by the insistent questioning. But Jesus wants Peter to be real, to realise what loving Him truly means. It isn’t just something that is easily spoken, but a decision that will affect his whole life, something that requires complete dedication, a new choice of direction in Peter’s life. Jesus tells Peter : follow me!
In the same way I also need to take my decision to love Jesus way beyond just words and get out of my comfortable practices, set aside my sinful ways and follow Him with all that I am and all that I have.
And for me the challenge I have from my time of ‘running’ worship is to not be ashamed to share how God is working in my life to my friends and family. I am like many males a little reserved when it comes to sharing touchy feely stuff, but now I realise this is silly, here is this awesome God working massively in my life and I am not sharing this? What?
So Lord I will follow you, and I will be bold in sharing how you are magnificently working through me and with me to those around me. OH YES!!!
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