|Give My Sheep Good Food for their Health !!|
Luke 16:15 And He said to them, "You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts; for that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God.
We look around at our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, and there are occasions when we get a gut punch because one of those we thought so highly of; fell into sin.
I have seen many a preacher, deacon, song leader, teacher, or pew member go off the deep end and land smack dap in the middle of the mud. Thankfully, some do repent and are washed in the blood and restored to fellowship.
Hear me out for this next part is very important:
Who is to blame when a fellow Christian turns and makes decisions that WE question?
Are we to blame? Did we fail to demonstrate a good example before them? Did we fail to encourage them when we noticed a change in their attitude? Did we fail to pray for them? Was it our fault?
We asked Jesus this question and were reminded of Peter who cursed and denied Jesus three times. Jesus who is at fault? Was not Peter one of your chosen few who stayed by your side through thick and thin?
Jesus answer amazed us all. No one is to blame. I know the heart of man that his heart is selfish, prideful, lustful, and deceitful. That is why I died to give mankind a new heart and to forgive their sins. It is the repentant heart that receives forgiveness and is restored.
Jesus reminded us that Peter was quick to repent and wept bitterly and was not only forgiven but was reinstated.
Jesus asked Peter, “Do you love me? When Peter affirmed that he did indeed love Jesus, it was then he was given a declaration to feed Jesus’ sheep.
Was Peter told to be a friend or an example to the sheep? Was he told to whip and beat the sheep into compliance?
The answer is clear; NO. Peter was told to build up the sheep with good Spiritual food so that they would become strong and learn whose they were and to whom they belonged.
Give the sheep water, milk and meat from the Word, and to lead them to the fresh water of the Holy Spirit so that their lives would become powerful with courage to witness.
Jesus was about to return to His Father and His final instructions were to seek for the Holy Spirit. Jesus knew these timid, weak, frightened disciples would fail to stand and might indeed return to “fishing,” unless they were dramatically changed into a different person.
Not only did they need to be converted, but they must also be endowed with, power, valor and supernatural boldness; wearing the robe of His righteousness.
So Jesus, “What should we do?” His answer is plain. “FEED MY SHEEP.”