New Motivation

A second time He said to him, “Simon son of Jonas, do you love me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Tend My sheep.” John 21:16

Our loving Lord Jesus Christ is calling Peter by the name his parents gave him rather than the name ‘Peter’ which our Lord has given him. Why? The reason is simple. Peter’s denial of Jesus three times has caused him to slip back into thoughts of those old old experiences of when he was younger and messed up, didn’t get it right, and failed to do what he should have done. He has failed Jesus with three time denial and he knows he’s lost his motivation and momentum. Yet Christ clearly wants to lift him back into being Peter, His disciple. Christ heals our mess-ups.

When you came to Christ He renamed you His disciple. Hear once again Jesus’ first naming of Peter, this is when his brother Andrew brings him to Jesus: ‘He (Andrew) brought Simon to Jesus, who looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of Jonas. You are to be called Cepheus” (which is translated Peter).’ (John 1:42) From that moment on ‘Peter’ stuck. Peter means Rock Man; His solid disciple. In our text today we see that through Christ’s intimate Post-Resurrection dialogue with Simon he will right Peter and it will stick this time because of Christ’s outpouring of the Holy Spirit into His disciples (believer’s) hearts.

Peter needed the Holy Spirit and so do we. Spirit counteracts our human failings as we are anointed with New motivation in all that we do by Christ. Christ’s sheep hear His voice by the power of the Holy Spirit. You also help shepherd the sheep under the Holy Spirit’s guidance of our Good Shepherd Jesus. Let Him lead, direct, inspire you while you humbly yield to Him as He fills and re-fills you with Holy Spirit motivation. Catch and sincerely abide in the Spirit of the Living Lord Christ.

Peter Is Propelled

When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.” John 21:15

Peter, by Jesus Christ’s charcoal fire, has just had breakfast with Jesus and the other disciples and Peter is about to be propelled. He loves Jesus more than anyone he knows. And during this third Post-Resurrection appearance our wonderful Savior Jesus Christ is showing us, again, He IS forgiveness. He IS loving compassion– compassion to salvation. He IS everything that saves and redeems us. We love victorious Christ, Good Shepherd, the beloved Son of the Living God, our Emmanuel– with us completely and fully.

Now, Jesus uses Peter’s three denials as a one-on-one celebration of Peter’s true love for Him. In the original Greek the word love is with unity, intimacy, and mutuality with God. Just as Peter had denied Him three times so Peter affirms His love for Him three times, now with honestly and faithfulness. Undeniably, Christ knows what’s within hearts and minds and as you love Him in quiet humble celebration He draws you even nearer to Him, like Peter.

This is how Christ propels Peter into service for Him, with His three commands to ‘feed His lambs and sheep’ and here He propels us. My friend, love Him with all that you are and serve Him with faith’s Power. Turn not your back on Him to rely on yourself alone for you reap what you sow. Galatians 6:7 says, Sow Christ and His forgiving Love. Victorious on the Throne Of God, ask Him to scrub you daily from all unrighteousness then carry on your day loving Him. Love Christ and say with Peter, “You are the Christ! The Son of the Living God. I love You in all ways!” He propels you to feed His lambs.