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The Journey to Pentecost: Do You Love Me Enough?

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John 21: 15-19
So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” He said to him again a second time, “Simon son of Jonah, do you love Me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Tend My sheep.” He said to Him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you Love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep.” “Most assuredly, I say to you, when you were younger, you girded yourself and walked where you wished; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish.” This He spoke signifying by what death he would glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He said to him, “Follow Me.”

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Jesus asked Peter, “Do you love me enough to not return to your former life (fishing)? Do you love Me enough to put Me before the friendship and fellowship of your brothers and sisters in ministry? Do you love Me enough to feed my sheep and lambs with the gospel even though you may be rejected? Do you love me enough to tend my sheep and lambs by training and leading them into maturity? Do you love me enough to keep my sheep and lambs in a spiritual environment that will cause them to produce good fruit and multiply?
Peter, do you love me enough to give your lifetime to me and ultimately lay down your life in death because of me?
In order to stay encouraged, inspired, and grounded in this journey of ministry (service) to the Lord, we must also ask ourselves these same questions. When worldly issues and familiar spirits call to us, do we love Christ enough to cling to Him and not turn back? When our brothers and sisters in ministry reject or ostracize us due to their own issues and agendas, do we love Christ enough to be satisfied and at peace with His fellowship alone? When those we serve reject the gospel that we preach, refuse to mature, produce fruits of unrighteousness, and seek to multiply discord and dissension, do we love Christ enough to continue feeding, tending, and keeping them in spite of? When we are physically and emotionally drained from service and sacrifice, do we love Christ enough to continually commit our lives in service and sacrifice in order to “wear out rather than rust out”? If we are called upon to lay down our lives because of our service to Christ, do we love Him enough to die for Him? If we love Him enough, Christ says to us as He did to Peter, “Follow Me.”
Father, thank You for loving us enough that you sacrificed Your Precious Son for our redemption. Thank You Christ for loving us enough that You sacrificed your perfect life for our atonement from sin. Holy Spirit, strengthen us in love that we may be living sacrifices of love that will indeed be “enough”.

Reverend Rose Marie Taylor

Associate Minister
St. Paul A.M.E. Church
Columbia, Tennessee



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  1. Julie says:

    Bishop,

    I understand the message, but sometimes it can be very difficult to minister to people who want to see harm come your way or people who want to continue to perpetrate lies and deception. I understand the mandate to walk in love with EVERYONE, but honestly sometimes it can be very difficult.

    Thanks for the message and reminding myself that it’s none of me and ALL OF HIM!

    Peace & Blessings

  2. Shawna says:

    Powerful message! Thank you!

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