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Faith means… working in God's kingdom
This devotion is the last devotion in the Petrine series. I hope that through this series of devotions your faith will be strengthened and that you can rediscover what faith really means.
When they had eaten, Jesus said to Simon Peter: “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than anyone else here?” Peter replied, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Then Jesus said to him: “Take care of my lambs!” Jesus asked him a second time: “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter answered: “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” There Jesus said to him: “Tend my sheep!” Jesus asked him a third time: “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was sad because Jesus asked him for the third time: “Do you love me ? ”-“ Lord, you know everything, ”he replied. "You know that I love you" Thereupon Jesus said to him: "Take care of my sheep!" (John 21: 15-17)
Jesus asks Peter three times if he loves him. As a newly married man, I can tell you that there is one thing women always want to hear: Honey, I love you! We men are more pragmatic and think: "I once told her at the beginning of the relationship or marriage that I love her, and if something should change, I'll get in touch."
Every woman and every man (even if not all of them admit it) want to be loved. And that's why it's important to express your love for your partner. A relationship, whether it's a love or a friendship, only works when everyone expresses their appreciation in some way.
Jesus also asks Peter about his love. He asks him three times (!) If he loves him. And every time Peter answers yes. But I don't want to go into the fact that Jesus asks him three times and which different translations can be used for the words of love. A completely different point caught my eye:
Jesus gives Peter a very special assignment here. Each time Jesus redirects the love he speaks of. Peter replies that he loves him, and Jesus directs Peter's love to the church! This love that Peter has for Jesus should be used for looking after and caring for the sheep!
So a principle becomes clear here:
In the passage mentioned above, Peter is given the task of caring for the sheep and there is another task in the Gospel of Matthew that Peter receives:
18 Therefore I say to you now, You are Peter (rock), and on this rock I will build my church, and the kingdom of the dead with all its might will not be stronger than it.
19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; what you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and what you loosen on earth will be loosened in heaven.
Peter gets the key role here, and the building of the church begins! If you read the passage in context, you can see that it is not about the role of the Pope or the role of ruler. It is about Peter's previous confession. In verse 17, Jesus says that through Heavenly Father Peter knew that Jesus was the Son of the living God. And that's the foundation of the church! That is the condition for Peter to be commissioned to build a church here. Everyone who has realized that Jesus is their personal Savior has a role in building the church!
Jesus gave you a role in his church too! And I would like to encourage you to accept it and discover it! I love church and the principle behind it! Everyone is there for everyone. Each carries the burden of the other. And church only works if everyone does their part! Many are familiar with the image of the body: no matter whether it is the eye, nose, foot, stomach, arm or finger, every limb has its function and is needed! Love of God means worship! Are you already allowing yourself to be used by God and are you committed to his kingdom? Be a channel of love and let the concern of the heart of Jesus become your concern too!
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