August 30, 2023

Taylor Christensen
"The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!”"
John 21:17-19
"Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up."
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

Sometimes, I emphasize the power of Jesus’ redemption and grace displayed here to Peter, so much so that I glance over the very real and gruesome result of Peter’s responses in this passage. Yes, Jesus used him for big and powerful Kingdom work…the literal building of Christ’s church, but it also meant a brutal form of stretching for Peter, including immense persecution to the point of death. Peter pressed through hard times.

While my hardships aren’t nearly as extreme, rereading this passage helped me stop to take a moment and reflect on what helps me navigate difficult things. Remembering God’s promises in His Word. Reflecting on the ways He’s come through before. As I reflect, I also think about how thankful I am for my Community Group and close friends who have interceded for me, encouraged me, and helped pick me up when I’m in the midst of hardship. The work ahead of us will not always be easy, but I’m grateful for those God has surrounded me with.

Lord, bless those in my life who graciously and intentionally love me through the hard things of life. Please help me, Lord, be that same support as I seek to carry burdens for others as we ultimately seek to follow Your will.