So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep. Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not. This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me. (John 21:15-19 KJV)
Do you know why Jesus questioned Peter if he loved Him three times? The first two questions, Jesus used the Greek word, agape, which it translated as self-sacrificial love. Jesus wanted to know Peter’s heart. In Genesis 22, we read how God tested Abraham’s heart by commanding him to sacrifice his son, Isaac. As a result, God blessed him and made him as the father of all nations.
Does God want to bless us? Yes, of course. There is no question about it. But there is the cost for us to receive His blessing. It’s ashamed for today’s preachers to teach their congregations to seek God’s hands for outpouring of blessing. God is not our spiritual ATM, but He is our King, Savior, and Father. We’d need to understand that God is waiting for us to take into His kingdom. We read in Revelation that there will be a great marriage supper of the Lamb (Revelation 19:6-10) that is waiting for us to take part of it. But we’d need to show Him how much we love Him. God showed us how much He loves us by sending His Son to die for our sins. Now, it is our turn.
Paul said in Romans 12:1, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. “ God knows we are not perfect human beings. We do not have anything perfect gifts to give Him. But we can present Him with our sacrifice living for Him. He wants to have relationship with each of us daily. Our living status is for Him and not for the world. Even though we are living in the world, we’d need to set our minds on things above, not on things on the earth (Colossians 3:2).
Jesus asked Peter the same question three times, not because He wanted to make him crazy, but He’d like to know the condition of his heart. Do you have the heart to invite Jesus in your life? If not, please consider to take a step of your faith to know Jesus Christ personally.