John 21:15 (The Message)
After breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?”
How many times have you heard Jesus say these words to you? What things gain ground unexpectedly in your life, making it necessary for the Lord to question your wholeheartedness? How easy is it for you to honestly and humbly respond? It happens in different stages of life. Somehow we get busy and Jesus asks for a fresh confession. Jesus wanted not only to confront Peter, but also He wanted to reinstate him publicly before the other disciples. Peter’s leadership would rest on his answer to this important question. So three times the Lord asked the same question. When we are young we are confident and untested. Then, like Peter, when we fail we wrestle with shame. The Lord Jesus never gives up on us. He asks hard questions to evoke firm resolve—the kind that is necessary for mature ministry.