“Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.”
This one of Jesus final instructions was to Peter as He restored their relationship. His directive to ‘Feed My sheep’ ties in very closely with His instruction in the Great Commission to teach people
“to obey everything I have commanded you” ( Matthew 28:20).
It increases in significance when we remember that when He was undergoing the first of His temptations Jesus said to the devil that
“Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4)
Jesus later would say that
“I did not speak of my own accord, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and how to say it.” (John 12:49)
Fallen human beings have a limited and imperfect knowledge and understanding. This is true not only of their personal situations but even more so of those of others and of the national and international states of affairs as well – together with what the root causes are and how they might best be addressed. This is further complicated by our own personal desires, ambitions and insecurities which cloud every decision that we take. God reminds us of this when He says,
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9)
Only God has perfect insight and understanding of every situation and person. Only God knows the best way forward. Only God has the power to ensure that His purposes are achieved just as He intends them to be. It is therefore God’s word that we need to seek, receive and share with others for only His is the Word that brings life. It is God’s Word that should inform and guide our thoughts, words and deeds upon the indestructible platform of His Love.
Beware popular opinion – particularly that which enlarges humankind and diminishes God.
Lord Jesus You are the Truth. By the ministry of the Holy Spirit please lead me into the Truth and help me to live it and share it to Your honour and glory. Amen.