From A Shepherd’s Heart (1 July 2020)
By Ps Daniel Chua
As we maintain a prayerful heart, let’s hear from one of our pastors today and reflect on God’s Word from him.
Three times in John 21:15-19, Jesus asked Peter, “Do you love me?” Three times the answer was “Lord, you know that I love you.”
The first is a relationship-oriented question, while the second is a result-oriented question. While both relationship and result are important, it looks like our walk with God must precede our work for God. This seems so obvious that it became the ONLY idea I could glean from the text. At least that’s what I thought for a long time.
But this is not true, of course. When we have time to slow down and reflect deeper, as I did during this present period, God will show us new truths from his Word.
Suddenly, my eyes were opened to see two new insights. Jesus is asking each of us as he once asked the apostle Peter: “Do you love me?” It suddenly dawned on me that if we truly claim to love Jesus, it must be seen firstly in our devotion to His Word (“FEED my sheep”); and secondly in our love for his people (“Feed MY SHEEP”).
During this time when we are not personally meeting up with each other, are we spending more time for deeper reflection in God’s Word? Do we also show deeper love for each other by finding various ways to stay in touch with others in our spiritual family?
Pray in Response
Lord Jesus, you too were physically separated from your sheep when you ascended to heaven. Help us during this time of COVID-19 to yearn for your presence through deeper meditation on your Word. And grant that our love for you may be reflected in our desire for deeper bonds with each other. In your most precious name, we pray, amen!