Testing Time

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Questions ran through my mind this morning about myself. How far would you go to save a soul? How far would your love for humanity go? What risk are you willing to take?… Jesus gave it all.

Last time similar questions ran through my mind, God demanded obedience from me. Even though I didn’t like what I knew I needed to do at the time, and it would cause me and others heartbreak and stress, I did it anyway. I thought God was teaching me a lesson and correcting some of my flaws. I didn’t even think about God testing, purifying, and using me at the time.

Now I know I am being tested. God is speaking over me. Asking the same question and giving the same instructions as he did for Peter in John 21:15–17, “Do you love me?” In a way, knowing God is testing me, encourages me to know who and what I am standing for. Further, it is the only test that matters. I can relate to Peter, who stepped out of the boat, then doubted, (Matthew 14:22-33) and deny knowing Jesus three times than Jesus asked him to shepherd his sheep.

My or maybe God’s questions to myself are demanding me not only to obey God but also to love and trust him with everything. I believe this is God’s way of telling me to surrender all of myself and give him control.

On a side note, the website gotquestions.org gives one answer to the question, “Why did Jesus ask Peter, “Do you love me?” three times?” as this, “Jesus was emphasizing the importance of Peter’s love and unswerving obedience to his Lord as necessary for his future ministry.”

I suggest you go to the article and see what it also says about the two kinds of love (phileo & agape) Jesus is asking Peter about (https://www.gotquestions.org/Jesus-Peter-do-you-love-me.html).

Jesus Reinstates Peter (John 21:15–17)

When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”

“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”

Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”

The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.”

Let your heart be filled with peace and love my friend.

 

 

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