Feed My Sheep

I wish The Bible wasn’t so specific. 

A lot of people may not agree with me on that one. They’d rather The Bible go ahead and spell out everything about God and life and the afterlife.

You see, I’m ok with a little mystery. And I’d be ok if there was a little wiggle room as well on some of these commandments we’re supposed to live out.

But sometimes Jesus spells things out for us so there can’t be any misinterpretation.

Take this verse for example:

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.” (John 21:17)

sheep-feedJesus instructs Peter to go and “feed the sheep.” He’s basically telling him to go out and offer the same unconditional love and grace he was just given to all the world.

Jesus doesn’t mince words here. He doesn’t say “feed most of the sheep.” Or “feed them once a day.” Or “feed the ones who are nice to you.” Or “feed only your friends and family.”

He just says “feed my sheep.” And I have a pretty hard time with that.

Working in retail, I run into a lot of annoying folks every day. I must confess I don’t always have a “shepherd” mentality when it comes to customers.

When people ask me crazy questions or leave shoes strewn about all over the floor or speak impolitely to me, I don’t want to remember this particular commandment.

But Jesus tells us there are no exceptions. No matter how annoying people are, no matter what kind of mood we are in, no matter the circumstances – our calling is to feed the sheep.

As much as I begrudge putting these words into practice, I’m thankful to be on the receiving end of them everyday from God. No matter what I’ve done, He still saves me a seat at the table.

I guess God expects us to feed all His his sheep since He does the same for us. He feeds all who come to His table – no exceptions.

I think I’d rather have it that way than have Him pick and choose who earns it.

The good thing is we don’t have to feed the sheep on our own accord. If we are lacking the strength to go and accomplish this task He is generous with it.

Just come hungry to the table, filling up a picnic basket with the leftover grace God gives out. Then pass it down the line to anyone you come in contact with, leaving a trail of breadcrumbs leading back to Him. Theres’s plenty for everyone to go around.

What commandments do you want to embrace but have difficulty living out each day?


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