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A renewed call to committed following
 

Daily Scripture

Matthew 4:18-20

18 As Jesus walked alongside the Galilee Sea, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew, throwing fishing nets into the sea, because they were fishermen. 19 “Come, follow me,” he said, “and I’ll show you how to fish for people.” 20 Right away, they left their nets and followed him.

John 21:15-19

15 When they finished eating, Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”

Simon replied, “Yes, Lord, you know I love you.”

Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16 Jesus asked a second time, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

Simon replied, “Yes, Lord, you know I love you.”

Jesus said to him, “Take care of my sheep.” 17 He asked a third time, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

Peter was sad that Jesus asked him a third time, “Do you love me?” He replied, “Lord, you know everything; you know I love you.”

Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. 18 I assure you that when you were younger you tied your own belt and walked around wherever you wanted. When you grow old, you will stretch out your hands and another will tie your belt and lead you where you don’t want to go.” 19 He said this to show the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. After saying this, Jesus said to Peter, “Follow me.”

Reflection Questions

When Peter first met Jesus, he answered the call, “Come, follow me.” Yet after following for three years, when the crisis came, Peter three times denied knowing Jesus (cf. John 18:16-17, 25-27). The resurrected Jesus, a master psychologist, didn’t want that failure to haunt Peter forever. Three times, he asked Peter to affirm his love, deeper and more solid because Jesus forgave his denial. Then Jesus told him that he would yet have the chance to live out his words in John 13:37 (“I’ll give up my life for you”). With the cost of following clear, Jesus again made the same call to Peter: “Follow me.”

  • Scholar N. T. Wright noted that as Peter affirmed his love for Jesus, “the answer earns, each time, not a pat on the back, not a ‘There, that’s all right then’, but a command. A fresh challenge. A new commission.”* We don’t earn forgiveness, but when Jesus calls us to join in his work, that’s the clearest sign that he forgives us. In what way(s) do you sense Jesus calling you to serve, to feed his sheep, today? How are you answering the call?
  • There have been (and are today) brave Christian martyrs, but most Christ-followers through the ages have not had to die for their faith. Yet Jesus calls us all to “die” to ways of living and thinking that do not fit with his life and example. How eager or reluctant are you to follow Jesus into changed thoughts and habits that show God’s glory to those around you? How can you and God make the most of each day of the rest of your life?

Prayer

Lord Jesus, “Put me to doing, put me to suffering. Let me be employed by thee or laid aside for thee, exalted for thee or brought low for thee.” I recite John Wesley’s prayer at church. Please help me to mean it. Amen.


* N. T. Wright, John for Everyone, part 2. (London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 2004, p. 164-165.)

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Brandon Gregory is a volunteer for the worship and missions teams at Church of the Resurrection. He helps lead worship at Leawood's modern worship services, as well as at the West and Downtown services, and is involved with the Malawi missions team at home.

 
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