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Sunday, June 30, 2013, Devotion

He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, 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, “Tend My sheep.”  (John 21:17)

Peter was grieved, because this third time, Jesus asked if Simon loved Him with brotherly love. As is always true, the Lord needs to come down to us, for we are unable to go up to Him. The Lord takes us where we are and it is He who will move us to where we need to be. The Lord commanded Peter to tend the sheep. He said He would make a rock out of Simon and we know from Scripture that this is exactly what He did.

Lord, help me to move beyond any posturing I might be tempted to do when it comes to You that I might always be honest with You. You are the author and finisher of my faith and apart from You, there is no hope. Help me, I pray, to begin again with You and know that You know me better than I know myself and that You are gracious and will lift me up to where You have always intended for me to be.

Thank you, Lord Jesus, for coming to me where I am. Help me today to willingly and honestly accept all the help that You offer. Grant that I would not posture before You, or anyone else, but instead, would be truthful and gracious with others as You have been gracious with me. May my life add to the Father’s glory this day through my right, honest and godly action. Amen.

 

Saturday, June 29, 2013, Devotion

He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Shepherd My sheep.”  (John 21:16)

Again, Jesus asks if Simon, no longer Peter, or ‘rock,’ is able to love the love of God. Simon answers, telling Jesus that Jesus knows that he, Simon, is only able to love to the fulness of his humanity and is no longer trying to bluff, as he did earlier. Jesus responds by elevating the responsibility, telling him to gather the flock, that is, build up the church and keep them together.

Lord, You have an assignment for each one of us. It is Your call, not mine. Help me to not covet the call of another, nor reject the call You give me, but instead, seek to be faithful in every situation to the call You have issued. May I be helped by the Holy Spirit to grow into this call that You have given, knowing that by Your help alone is it possible to accomplish it.

Guide me today Lord, that I may live into the call You have given me. Help me to tend to those around me, loving my neighbor as much as I am able and then trusting in Your Holy Spirit to give the amount of love that is needed. Help me to be faithful this day, doing that which You have always intended, knowing that in Your grace alone will I be able to accomplish the Father’s will. Amen.

 

Friday, June 28, 2013, Devotion

So when they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Tend My lambs.”  (John 21:15)

The Love Jesus speaks of is the love of God, agape, but the love Simon answers with is human love, philio, or brotherly love. Peter is being honest. Having witnessed all that has happened, he knows he is not at the level of Christ. Jesus commands him to take care of those whom He will place in Simon Peter’s charge. This is the call to all who are faithful, to tend to the business Jesus gives to His disciples.

Lord, you know I am in a world that reinforces us thinking for ourselves and about ourselves. Help me to hear Your clear voice that asks that I do not do what the world teaches, but instead, what You command. Help me to know that what You command is forever and that the alternative is neither helpful, nor obedient to Your Word.

Thank you, Jesus, that in every time and place, You come to Your disciples and ask them to do what it is that the Father has intended from the beginning. Grant today that I would be obedient to Your call, do the will of the Father here on earth, learning, so that I may be obedient and do the will of the Father in heaven. Grant that I may be faithful to Your call today. Amen.

Thursday, June 27, 2013, Devotion

This is now the third time that Jesus was manifested to the disciples, after He was raised from the dead.”  (John 21:14)

The Lord manifests Himself to those whom He chooses. Whether in Word, or with sight, the Lord is showing the truth to those who will believe. As many as He calls and chooses, He gives sight that they may see that He has appeared. We are called into the presence of the Living Lord who will make Himself known to those who believe. Believe and know that the Lord is near, drawing close to Him, knowing He will draw close to you.

Lord, I often choose in my mind how I want things to be. Help me to see how things are. Rather than waiting for you to show up on my terms, help me to see that You are already hear, knocking on the door of my heart, awaiting for me to join you in the walk of faith. Take away my unbelief and help me to see that You are here as You promised in my baptism that You would be.

Thank you, Lord Jesus, for showing the truth to those who believe. Help me today to show You in my life that others will have the opportunity You have given me to be a people of faith. Guide my actions so that they conform to the Father’s perfect will and help me understand and show Your presence in all I say and do. Amen.

 

Wednesday, June 26, 2012, Devotion

Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples ventured to question Him, “Who are You?” knowing that it was the Lord. Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and the fish likewise.  (John 21:12, 13)

We want to know, even though we already know. How many times do we question the Lord, when we know it was Him that has done what it is that we are quesitoning?  We need to see our unbelief give way to faith, knowing that the Word of the Lord is true and that He is always there, just as He promised. The foolish doubts of every generation have hampered the faithful. Be not unbelieving, but believing.

Lord, You know that I am always questioning, wondering, thinking and asking whether or not it was you. Help me to move beyond my childish doubts and blossom in the faith You have given me. Grant that I would be as sensitive to the workings of the the other forces that rail against me, that I may be bold in witness and firm in the truth of the Gospel You give as a gift for all who believe.

Thank you, Lord Jesus, for being patient with those who doubt. Through the example of Your disciples and the truth of my own moments of doubting, grant that I would be patient, though firm, with those around me who are doubtin. Grant that I would be a faithful witness of Your Gospel this day, being bold, but kind in witness and firm in belief. Amen.

Tuesday, June 25, 2012, Devotion

Simon Peter went up and drew the net to land, full of large fish, a hundred and fifty-three; and although there were so many, the net was not torn.  (John 21:11)

“You do not have, because you do not ask. You do not receive, because you do not ask with the right motive.”  The Lord is teaching His disciples that He will provide a catch. Remember, He called for them to become fishers of men. This time too, He is issuing a call to each of His disciples to go out and throw the net. The Lord will fill the net. But the disciples must do their part.

Lord, help to understand that You have given me the opportunity to be a part of Your ever increasing kingdom. Grant that I would go into the world around me and toss out the net that you have given me, the net of Your Gospel, in order to bring in those whom You are sending my way to be a part of Your kingdom. Guide me toward being faithful that I would do what You ask, knowing that with You all things are possible.

Thank you, Lord Jesus, for teaching us each step of the way what You would have us do. Help me today to be unafraid to toss out the net and reach out to those around me that they may have the opportunity for the truth and life the Father desires for all who will believe to have. May I be Your fishers of men this day, brining in those whom You will fill the net with, that they may life with You as You have granted for me to live with You. Amen.

Monday, June 24, 2012, Devotion

Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish which you have now caught.”   (John 21:10)

The Lord asks for a little bit of what He gave in the first place to be given back. The principle of stewardship is learning how to truly share. It all belongs to Him, but He shares with us. He asks that we share with one another. This is a principle that must be learned and practiced in order to reach the balance where, by the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we understand the depth of obedience.

Lord, You know that I have all kinds of reasons for what I do. Help me to move beyond any reasons I may have and, by Your direction, do what it is that You are calling me to do. Help me, I pray, to understand that everything already is Yours and that for awhile, You entrust to me those things which I call my own. Help me to learn to share as You share, that I may be a part of the kingdom You are building through the disciples.

Thank you, Lord Jesus, for the simple and easily understood principles that You have displayed throughout the time You have spent with Your disciples. Help me to take these lessons in and make them a part of who I am that I too may grow in the discipleship You offer. Guide me this day to take advantage of every learning opportunity You provide. Amen.

Sunday, June 23, 2012, Devotion

So when they got out on the land, they saw a charcoal fire already laid and fish placed on it, and bread.  (John 21:9)

Regardless the situation, the Lord is always prepared. Notice that the Lord is preparing the way before the disciples. He has done what needs to be done so that they can spend time together. The Lord prepares the way before us so that we can spend eternity together. Do you walk in the Lord’s preparation, or are you walking your own path?  We are called to come as the Lord calls and live with Him where He is.

Lord, often I do not see the preparation that You have made. Give me eyes to see that I may know that You are always preparing before us for the things that are coming. Guide my heart to always follow You, knowing that in You alone is there hope and a future. Take away those things in my life that are getting in the way of me seeing clearly all that You have prepared.

Thank you, Lord Jesus, for showing the way. Serving You really means being served ahead of time, for You alone have prepared the way. Guide my actions this day, that in Your footsteps, I may prepare as You lead, the way for others. Take me to the place where I am truly Your servant, doing the Father’s will on earth. May I be a person of action this day, living as You would have me live. Amen.

Saturday, June 22, 2012, Devotion

But the other disciples came in the little boat, for they were not far from the land, but about one hundred yards away, dragging the net full of fish. (John 21:8)

The practical, mixed with the amazing. The word picture is a good one, for often, we come dragging our earthly haul up to the Lord. On the one hand, He is the one who gave it to them, on the other, which is more important?  For us, this is a reminder that daily we are in a struggle between the things of the Lord and the things of this world. Yes, He gives them to us, but they are not as important as He is.

Lord, I know that You have blessed me with many good things. Help me to learn to have the right priorities so that things do not get in the way of what is the more important. Guide my thinking, so that I will lie in balance, knowing that I am accountable to You and that what I think and do really does matter, not only for me, but also for Your kingdom.

Thank you, Lord Jesus, for always being compassionate, kind and understanding. By Your example, help me today to live with the same compassion and understanding for others. Guide me, so that I will not cling to things that do not matter, but instead, live by Your Word alone, which sustains, guides and keeps me until the day I may stand before You face to face. Amen.

Friday, June 21, 2012 Devotion

“Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord.” So when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put his outer garment on (for he was stripped for work), and threw himself into the sea.”  (John 21:7)

Sometimes it needs to be pointed out to us, but however it comes, we should be aware of the Lord’s presence and be willing to react and spend the time with Him. At this point in the lives of the disciples, they were learning to respond to the Lord’s presence. We should too. The Lord shows up in places you do not expect. Are you willing to take the time for Him?

Lord, I am often so busy that I do not make time for You. Help me to prioritize my life so that whenever there is a good word from You, or about You, I would respond. Keep me from being so busy that I have no time for You, or the things You would teach me. Help me always to be willing and ready for whatever You have in Your perfect plan for me.

Guide me today Lord Jesus that I would live in the hope of Your promises. If You choose to show up in a way I do not expect, help me to be attentive so that I do not miss any opportunity for You guiding me in this day. May I also be willing to share with others, seeing it always as a privilege to share the truth of You with others, even when they are not expecting it. Amen.