I was blessed to have breakfast with a friend recently and talk about one of my favorite scenes in the Bible. It's where Jesus reminds Peter of his purpose, potential, and challenges him to re-evaluate his priorities.
You remember the story: Jesus tells Peter he is going to deny him three times and Peter is like, "nuh uh, no way, I will die with you (my translation)." What does Peter do when pressure kicks in? He denies him...three times. Fast forward and Jesus is crucified and then three days later RISES AGAIN! Now in John 21 we see that even after Peter had seen the risen Christ, he told his buddies that he was going out to fish. Why is this significant? Jesus specifically told Peter he will be a fisher of MEN. Yet, Peter goes back to his "old" self... his comfort zone. I mean, he already "failed." He thought he would never deny Jesus and he did. I am sure if I were in his shoes, I would do the same thing. The guilt and shame would kick in and I would go back to whatever I thought I was good at. YET, Jesus meets him and the other disciples on the shore. Peter recognizes him, and being the awesome bold/impulsive guy that he is, jumps out into the water and goes out to see Him. Jesus doesn't rebuke him. Instead:
When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” (John 21:15)
There is so much to unpack and I could write about it all night so I am going to pause with this question Jesus asks Peter. First of all, notice how Jesus addresses him; as Simon...not Simon Peter...just Simon. Jesus uses Peter's old name meaning small pebble. Jesus had given Peter a new name (Cephas which translates to Peter) meaning BIG rock, which was a foreshadowing of his potential and purpose. I always wondered what Jesus meant by more than these...these what?
I decided to put my name in the passage:
"Caren, do you love me more than...money? Career? Your image? Your body? Your husband? Your family? Your friends? Your social status?
Taking it a bit deeper, the word in the greek that Jesus uses for love when he asks "Simon" is the word AGAPE, which is a sacrificial love. So really, "Caren, do you love me more than your life."
Brothers and sisters, are willing to give up everything for God? Because there will come a time when we must be ready to make a decision. As Peter continued walking with God, his love for the Lord only grew and transformed into AGAPE love to the point where he was crucified for Christ. The question isn't just do you love God but do you love Him MORE!
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