“Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon, son of John, do you truly love me more than these?’ ‘Yes, Lord,’ he said, ‘you know that I love you.’ Jesus said, ‘Feed my lambs.’”John 21:15
The Lord’s commission to His disciples (especially to Peter) involved re-commissioning. Most of the disciples had abandoned Jesus when He was crucified. Peter, who had denied Him outright, must have felt deep regret. Yet Jesus freely forgave them all, expressing His great confidence in them by re-commissioning them.
We at times feel regretful of what we’ve done. We worry that we’re disqualified to be effective in the Lord’s service because of our failures. But this is to be like the man who buried his talent, thinking his master was a hard man. It is to distrust God’s forgiveness. If you and I had to wait until we were perfect before obeying, the Great Commission would never commence!
What a privilege and joy it is to obey Jesus’ command to make disciples. He has given us the model. He called the disciples to be with Him in this, to be on His team. Take every chance you have to teach people about Jesus, to show them how to get into the Word of God for themselves, and to live with the Spirit of Christ in them.
Pray about Jesus’ Great Commission to make disciples. Then go, remembering that every great journey begins with a small step.
Bible In A Year
- Genesis 18-19
- Psalm 9
- Matthew 14-15