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Feeding His sheep..

Updated on October 29, 2010

Taken a closer look..

If we look as the conversation that took place between Peter and Jesus, we will begin to see instruction of how to go about ministry..Here is the first part of that conversation.

So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah,[b] 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.”John 21:15

It is here that Jesus instructs Peter to start by feeding the Lambs. The Lambs represent the young ones in the fold, rather it be the young children or the baby Christians. These young ones are ready to receive what it is we place before them, for they are hungry for the things of God and are willing to receive the Love that comes through the body of Christ from God.

The second part of Conversation.

Here in this part of the conversation we can see a transition if we look a little closer.

"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.”John 21:16

Instead of again repeating "feed my Lamb's" Jesus instructs Peter to tend the sheep. By tending the sheep, you normally can see that there are needs that need to be meet in order for the sheep to be able to receive what it is the Shepard has for them. Sheep are vary timid animals and certain conditions are need for them to be able to function within their environment. Sheep can be referred to as the older Christian's or believers. Some people need for certain things to be evident before they will be willing to open and receptive to any speaker.

What I myself have witnessed is that when one takes a genuine interest in an individual and helps to meet the need or needs of that individual they are more willing to receive from you what it is that you have to say and share.

Third part of Conversation.

In this part we see another transition. Peter was asked again for the third time the same question concerning his love for Jesus.

"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." John 21:17

In feeding God's sheep..

It is our privilege and duty to walk worthy of the calling of God, and in turn conveying what it is God has revealed to us as we mature in our faith. As we grow into our identity as Children of God, we can begin to see that there are instructions throughout the word giving us the wisdom to complete the great commission and keeping the Lords commandments. Though this model provided we can see a method for ministry, but truly what we need to see in this conversation is the interaction between the Lords disciple and the Lord. We as disciples need such intimacy with Jesus and too spend time at His feet receiving from Him so that in turn we will have something to give to those who God will bring into our lives to share the good things that we have received.


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      unBroken1 7 years ago from Florida

      It was strange to see this post.

      I'm a singer but not a very religious person.

      The part that is strange is I've been warming up vocally, since I was a child, to a song called "Do you really love me?" I don't remember were it came from, but your post is exactly the same story I sing in the song.

      It's sort of cool to see the original version of the story.