When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”
“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”
Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”
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.”
These verses are from John 21:15-17. These are some of my favorite verses because what Jesus means when he says, “Feed my lambs, take care of my sheep, and feed my sheep” is that we should feed and care for his people. He is the shepherd, and we are his sheep. He loves us and cares for us.
Recently, I bought 3 sheep for a 4-H project of mine. I named them Renae, Kayla, and Webert. (Guess where I got the names? From Haiti, of course!) We keep them in the red barn with the peeling paint and the barn swallow nests.
(Renae is the mama sheep, Kayla has a green eartag, and Webert is on the far left.)
Every morning, I pull on my black slicker boots and head out the door with an apple-juice bottle full of water for them to drink. I have to put new hay in their pen when it gets wet. I have to feed them corn and hay and pour water in their bucket. I have to check on them to see if they are doing well.
As I walk towards the barn every morning, the sheep hear the gravel crunching underneath my boots and run to the edge of their pen to meet me, excited to be fed. When I walk into the pen, though, the sheep run away in fear. (I wonder why? Am I really that scary?!) Every day, though, it seems they become a little more tame. Today, actually, both Kayla and Webert ate hay out of my hand!!
God takes care of our needs, too, just like I take care of the sheep’s needs. We love him and are excited about him. We should fear and respect God, but we also should love him and no matter what, he loves us SO much more.
Anybody can go and feed His sheep, whether it’s on the other side of the planet, or in their backyard.
So go and feed his sheep. I promise you, you won’t regret it.