And Jesus said a third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was distressed that Jesus had asked him a third time. Peter said “Lord you know everything. You know that I love you.” Jesus replied, “feed my sheep.” – John 21:17
Feeding sheep is about making the right noise: At feeding time I use our old noisy quadbike and attach the feed trailer. After filling the trailer with pellets, I set off opening up the throttle to a roar and shouting “huuuuway”. It is my intention to be heard by every sheep in every field on the farm. If I am not loud enough then the far-away sheep and the shy sheep won’t get what they need!
Are you making the right noise when you tell people about Jesus? Are you talking about Jesus in a way that offers him as the answer to your neighbour’s hunger/needs? Perhaps being extravagantly generous for a birthday present is a better message than a John 3:16 card? As your neighbour starts to open-up to you are you inviting them into your home? Maybe we should talk more about what Jesus commissioned us to do and a little less about what he commanded us not to do?
I believe we should be talking about the awesome things God has done for us and through us more often. Together let’s take more risks – openly bringing up conversations about faith and offering to pray for our friends, expecting that God will show up. Jesus has given us all the task of discipling Christians and making new disciples. He has given you your personality and interests, he has put people around you. What unique way is God asking you to ‘feed his sheep’? What actions and words can you use to show and tell others about him?
[from Philip Anderson, Youth Worker]