So then when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea Lord; thou knowest that I love thee…. (John 21:15)
On the evening when Jesus kept the Passover feast with his disciples Peter had ardently professed his love for the Lord (Matthew 26). Following that great declaration, Peter’s love for the Lord weakened considerably when he denied him three times (Matthew 26). Now the Lord is giving Peter the opportunity to once again profess his love. With all my being, I am convinced that this question, “Lovest thou me” is tremendously important and most applicable to you and I today.
The faithful child of God is not one who has just merely been baptized although that is essential (1 Peter 3:21) or just a person who attends worship services on the Lord’s day and then lives the rest of the week as if there were no Christ (Romans 12:2). God’s child is one whose religion is in his heart and life every day because he/she loves Jesus deeply with all their being. This love is not a shallow emotional thing with some kind of hollow profession (Prov. 3:5, Mark 12:30-31). This love is one that is active (1 Cor. 15:58). It is a love evidenced by a complete obedience to the will of the Lord (John 14:15, 1 John 5:3). If we dare answer as Peter, “Lord you know I love you” then we are going to give to him the best we have to give. So often it seems that God gets the crumbs, the leftovers. Many spend their days, using their time and talents in pursuit of fame, fortune, success in life and popularity. Wealth is used to acquire things or to satisfy craving for amusements and recreation. Then once a week, maybe twice even, attend a worship service and say, “Lord this is what is left of my life, it is yours.”
Serving God with a deep, abiding love will bring to us comfort, peace and joy untold even when our feeble frame is sore troubled (Psalms 100:2, Phil. 4:6-7, Isa. 12:2-3, Col. 1:9-11). Today, if we are not willing to give our Lord the best of our lives, then we are not ready to one day meet him on that far away strand.
Lovest thou me? What a profound, thought provoking question for our consideration. Tell me, how will you answer this soul searching question?