The section of verses that we are about to cover is very familiar if you have been a Christian for a while. They are the verses where Jesus asks Peter three times if he loves him. They are verses with a lot of different messages that can be taught and preached on, but they all deal with the word love. It is loving Jesus that is the secret of serving our Lord.
Now, most pastors spend time talking about the differences in the Greek words that Jesus and Peter use for the word love. Jesus, the first two times He asks Peter if he loves Him, uses the word “agapao” meaning to love deeply, but Peter doesn’t feel worthy to respond using the same word, so he uses the word “Phileo,” which means a brotherly love. Peter’s deep feeling for the Lord is real, but having failed Him miserably, Peter just cannot bring himself to claim that he loves the Lord deeply. This feeling in Peter is certainly important because Jesus has come here to prepare Peter for the things to come. Jesus is here to show Peter what love really is, and to be honest, that is what the gospel of John is all about, love. God’s love for us, but also what it means for us to truly love Jesus Christ.
Jesus doesn’t ask Peter about whether he believes the Lord’s doctrine. He doesn’t ask if Peter is obeying His commandments, or if he is giving large sums of money, or what great things he has accomplished. Jesus looks right at Peter, and He asks, do you love me? Jesus is asking you that same question, do you love me?
Why does Jesus want you to know this? Because the secret of serving our Lord is that you must first love Jesus with all of your heart, then you can feed His sheep. It is love for Jesus that is the secret of service and if you're a teacher in a church, if you're a greeter in a church, if you're on a committee in a church, or if you are on the staff of a church, and if you serve for any other reason than that you love Jesus, then quit that job right now, or get right. You will have a deadening influence if you don't get right with God. You say, "Well, I just love music, I want to sing in the choir." That's not good enough. "I just love playing instruments." That's not good enough. "I just love to teach." That's not good enough. Do you love Jesus? If you love Him, then you can feed His sheep.
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