Feed My Sheep
Feed My Sheep
John 21: verses 15-16-17. Jesus was talking to Peter. So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon son of Jonas, lovest thou me more that these? He saith unto him, Yea Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. Verse 16, He saith to him again the second time, Simon son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee, He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. Verse 17, He saith unto him the third time, Simon son of Jonas, lovest me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus said unto him, Feed my sheep.
What was Jesus trying to get across to Peter? We need to have continual pastoral care, continual feast on God’s word. Without these two things we may wander into the traps of the devil. With our continual reading of God’s word, it will help, guide, protect and correct us. It also shows us that we love
Jesus by feeding His sheep. Without spiritual food we will go hungry and will be in danger of falling away.
Our devotion to Christ is as important as being saved. Without a heartfelt love and devotion to Jesus, we are living an empty life. John 10: 11, Jesus said, I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. Jesus was telling us that He wants to give us tender and devoted care. Jesus is standing in the gap, caring and watching over us with love.
John 10: 12, Jesus said, But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth; and the wolf catcheth them, and scattered the sheep. This is a warning to those who refuse to feed the sheep. Not feeding them will open the door for Satan to come and steal those that he can.
Those who are not grounded in God’s word may be led astray and fall into Satan’s traps. Verse 13: Jesus continued by saying. The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. In other words, people who are supposed to be tending to the sheep either don’t care about them or would rather talk and teach something that is of this world.
John 10: verse 14, Jesus said that I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. True believers know Jesus’ voice and will hearken to Him. It is important that preachers, ministries and Christians feed the flock under their care. If they are not fed, Satan will come and feed them lies. 1 Peter 5: 2, Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind.
God is telling those in authority to feed the flock, but to be careful what they feed them. They are to be mindful of a couple things. Don’t fall for the greed of money and fame. Don’t fall for power. Some preachers may try to exert their authority over their congregation to show who’s the boss! These are dangerous traits.
The gospel is to be presented with love and care and humility. 1 Peter 5: 8 states, Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. This is a warning to those who may not be following God’s direction. Give the devil an inch and he will take a mile.
Jeremiah 23: 1-2, Woe, Be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture; saith the Lord. Therefore, thus saith the Lord God of Israel against the pastors that feed my people; Ye have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them; behold I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the Lord.
This is a strong warning to pastors and ministries; if you don’t feed my sheep, I will visit you. This is a visit that I would not want to get from God. He is angry with those who do not feed His sheep. This not only applies to the pastors of Jeremiah’s time but to the modern-day preachers, whether they are pastoring a church or on television, radio, or are in print media.
If these ministries scatter the flock, God himself will bring them back into the fold. God’s woodshed is not a place that I would want to be. There are people in churches that are hungry to hear God’s word. God wants us to feed them every time that they come together as a church. Pastors need to get out of the way and allow God to work.
Everything that is taught is to glorify the Lord and to lift up the name of Jesus. Is your church feeding you? If it isn’t, find one that will preach and teach the word of God. John 6: 35, And Jesus said unto them. I am the bread of life; he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. People that are not being fed and are hungry will leave and find a place that will feed them. This could be a costly error. This could lead them right into Satan’s trap. Satan only serves poison food.
If you are not a Christian, turn from your sins and ask Jesus to forgive you. Begin to live a life for Him. Find a church that preaches and teaches the word. You will not go hungry and thirst.