John 21:15 So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Feed My lambs.”
On a dangerous seacoast where shipwrecks were frequent there once was a makeshift lifesaving post. The building was nothing more than a hut and there was just one tiny boat, but the few faithful members kept a constant watch over the sea. They searched for the lost day and night with no thought for themselves. Some who were saved wanted to become associated with the post and give of their time, money and efforts supporting its work. New boats were purchased and new squads trained. The once little lifesaving station began to grow.
Some members became unsatisfied with the building, feeling a more comfortable structure should be provided as the first refuge for those saved from the sea. They replaced the cots with beds and upgraded the furniture. The lifesaving post quickly became a popular gathering place for its members and they took pride in its beautiful decorations and furnishings. Over time however, fewer and fewer members had a burden for going out to sea on lifesaving missions, so they hired others to do this work.
John 21:16 He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Tend My sheep.”
About this time a large ship wrecked off the coast. The hired crews brought in many cold and half-drowned people. They were dirty, sick and they made a mess of the refurbished structure. A meeting of the property committee resulted in a shower house being constructed outside where victims could clean themselves before coming inside.
Soon a split arose among the members. Most wanted to shut down the unpleasant lifesaving activities in favor of more pleasing pastimes. Others insisted that saving lives was their primary mission, emphasizing their point by reminding everyone the building was still called a lifesaving post. A vote was taken and the majority prevailed. So those who wished to continue saving the lives of those shipwrecked started their own lifesaving station farther down the coast.
Years passed and this new post changed over time in much the same way as its predecessor. It evolved into little more than a social club; so another lifesaving post was established. History continued repeating itself and if you visit this coastline today you’ll find a number of ornate buildings dotting the shoreline.
Shipwrecks remain a frequent reality in these dangerous waters…but sadly most of the people drown!
John 21:17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, 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 all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep.
There are people all around us who are hungry for the true gospel. As believers, God commands us to feed them. Whenever we witness to an unsaved loved one, pass out a CD of our Sunday worship service, direct people to an outreach website, or give someone a Bible tract, we are feeding His sheep.
Purposefully letting these opportunities slip by is like seeing someone fighting for their life in rough seas…and doing nothing about it.
To God Be The Glory!