As I looked up the scripture that surrounded my last post called Feed my sheep! in John 21, I found some more interesting information. Jesus and Peter were walking along the road with the disciples and he asked Peter if he loved him. They went back and forth with Jesus challenging Peter 3 times to know if Peter loved him and each time Peter was indignant, and told Jesus “of course I love you!” Jesus tells him to feed his lambs, take care of his sheep and to feed his sheep.
I, in turn, received that to mean that Jesus was telling me to take care of those He puts around me. But usually sheep were referred to as Christians, weren’t they? So maybe it’s Christians, but somewhere in my heart I think it’s those around me. Then Jesus goes on to tell Peter a story about what is going to happen to him when he is old and how he is going to die. Peter suddenly turns to look at John and says well then, “what about him?”
John 21: 22 Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.” 23 Because of this, the rumor spread among the believers that this disciple would not die. But Jesus did not say that he would not die; he only said, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?”
Hmmm, if I think about that I think maybe Jesus is telling me to quit worrying about what everyone else is doing and understand what it means for “me” to feed His sheep. What is it that He’s put into my hands to carry out His commands? That whatever He asks me to do, He’s put everything I need around me. What is the next thing? Don’t know yet, but I’m opening my heart to whatever door the Lord opens to feed His sheep.
As I continue to think about God and the enormity Him being born here on this earth it just stuns me as I read about the prophecies and the fulfillment of them. And now, here I am 2000 years later learning how to follow Him! So huge… But I know I’m grateful, and love the fact that His word never gets old or boring, but new every morning.
Blessings to all of you this Christmas. We won’t be gathering tomorrow for prayer, as we’re all going to be home, gathering up those finishing touches to celebrate Him and to love on our families. This Christmas I’ve heard a lot of stories about difficult things going on in families and I pray for breakthrough! That this would be the Christmas remembered because God did a miracle in our families because we decided to “Follow Him”. To trust in the Lord with all our hearts and lean not on our understanding.
Update on Michael’s health: He continues to be in much pain, especially if he has to spend a lot of time on his feet or sitting, so we’re working on what rest will look like for the rest of this year. Yesterday someone came in and told the story of Jill Austin having 21 days of shingles and then she had 21 days of angelic visitations. Wow, I think that sounds like fun! We thank all of you for your prayers and words of encouragement and know that God has an amazing plan. Now faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen. I’m staying there!
Robbie and Mike