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Saved To Serve

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In the twenty-first chapter of John, after Jesus had risen from the dead, He found that Peter had gone back to his old occupation—fishing. After cooking breakfast for Peter, Jesus pointed to one of the fish and asked this question, “‘Simon [Peter] son of John, do you truly love me more than these?’ ‘Yes, Lord,’ he said, ‘you know that I love you.’ Jesus said, ‘Feed my lambs’” (John 21:15, NIV). Notice that Jesus didn’t say, “Peter, do you love My lambs?” Then, “Feed My lambs.” Rather Jesus asked, “Peter, do you love Me?” Peter’s ministry to the sheep was to be motivated primarily by his love for Christ, not his love for the lambs.

Some people have a heart that is filled with compassion for a particular people group, cause or need in the world. These are often God-given burdens that can be great motivators. But there is an ambition that should be greater than all others, including the desire to help people and to make a difference in the world. The real question is this – “Do you love Jesus?”

Our love for Christ must be the ambition that reigns supreme over all others. It will purify every motive and attract the blessing and favor of God. Our love for Him will cause His love to flow through us to a lost and dying world.

My friend, examine your life and your work today and hear the words of the master asking you as he asked Peter, “do you love me more than these?”

This is Daniel Kolenda
encouraging you to live before you die.

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