Theme of the Week: Walking with Jesus
Bible Verse: “My lips will glorify you because your faithful love is better than life.” Psalm 63:3 CSB
Scripture Reading: John 21: 1-19
Three times Jesus asked Peter the same question. And Jesus is still asking this question today: Do you love me? Most of us would say yes, but let’s take a test from Scripture. Here are the signs the Bible points to as the earmarks of a person who truly loves God and is growing in that love: A person who loves the Lord will long for personal communion with him. David wrote, “I thirst for you; my body faints for you in a land that is dry, desolate, and without water. So I gaze on you in the sanctuary to see your strength and your glory. My lips will glorify you because your faithful love is better than life. So I will bless you as long as I live.” (Psalm 63:1-3)
A person who loves the Lord will keep his commandments. Jesus said, “Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him” (John 14:21). And he also asked, “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” (Luke 6:46).
Not only was Peter forgiven of his sins, but he was recommissioned for service. Perhaps you have failed recently. Maybe you have done things you’re ashamed of. You understand what Peter must have felt like that morning at the Sea of Tiberias, reluctant to look at Jesus. Perhaps you even have been reluctant to go to church—or to read these devotionals.
But Jesus is asking you today, “Do you love me?” If you do, then get on with the business of walking with and obeying him.
Just as Jesus called from the shore to the disciples, he is calling you right now. Perhaps you’re curious and want to know more about Jesus Christ. If so, he says, “Come and see for yourself!” Maybe you’re tired. Jesus says, “Come and rest.” It could be your life hasn’t been what you had hoped it would.
If you’ve been pulling up a lot of empty nets, then it’s time to let Jesus come on board. Come and see. Come and rest. Come now.
From Walking With Jesus: Daily Inspiration From The Gospel Of John by Greg Laurie. Copyright ©2007 by Greg Laurie. Used by permission of Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group, Grand Rapids, MI. http://bakerpublishinggroup.com
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