“When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, 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.” He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, 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 everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.” (This he said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God.) And after saying this he said to him, “Follow me.”
We’ve been reading about Jesus’ disciples this week, how he called ordinary men and used them in his ministry. They were involved in his miracles, had a front seat to his interactions, and a backstage pass to the explanations of his teachings. They didn’t have much to offer but they gave their all and God did a mighty work in and through them and used them to assist in a new covenant and the launching of the early church.
What do Jesus’ invitation and inclusion of the unremarkable into his ministry mean for us as modern-day disciples? In today’s passage, we see that we are not only to follow Jesus but to bring along others to follow him as well. We are not only to eat from his banquet table but help feed others around us as well.
Discuss with your small group what you’ve drawn from your reading and how God has spoken to you. You can also pull from the questions in each day’s reading and use the HEAR method as a structure for your discussion. If you aren’t currently in a group we’d love to help you connect with one. Contact email@example.com or go to mybelmont.org/smallgroups
Highlight – what words or phrases jump out at you
Explain – what does the passage mean?
Apply – how does the passage intersect with your life today?
Respond – how is God leading you to respond?
Today’s Post is by Jon Price, Associate Pastor