He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved 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. [John 21v17]
I love my kids. All five of them. And probably the most intense time of my day is dinner time.
Preparing the food, setting the table and making sure 10 dirty hands get washed is just the half of it!
Many times, I’ve felt, literally, like throwing in the towel (and occasionally we do order pizza!) but—
I endure it all because I love them.
That’s the motive behind Jesus’ commandment to go out and make disciples (new followers of Jesus).
He says, “You love me don’t you?”
“I do, Lord.”
“Then, keep presenting fresh spiritual food to those—my children—who I place around you.”
It’s hard work sometimes, making time to intentionally Share the Story of God’s love with people near you. But it’s a work that the Lord will reward you for.