McDowell Technical Community College

Life Lessons

Feed My Sheep

Doug Harrell

 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, [son] of Jonas, lovest thou 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 saith unto him, Feed my sheep. — John 21:17 (KJV)

As I pass through the years I realize more and more how important this verse should be in our lives.  Most of the time the pressures of this world tend to keep us focused on trying to make a living, feed the family, taking care of those things that in the grand scheme of things tend to fade away.  Don’t get me wrong, the Bible clearly commands us to feed and care for our family and not to depend on others to do that for us.  In today’s society the entitlement mentality has gone way too far, and this is not scriptural at all.  In Paul’s writings he tells us if they won’t work, let them go hungry!  Maybe we need to really look at this concept more today.    Now don’t misunderstand me, we should definitely take care of those that are not able to take care of themselves and do it freely, but we weaken folks when we feed the wanting rather than the needing!

What Jesus was saying here is to concentrate on feeding the sheep spiritually and emotionally.  How do we do this best?  I have found that the best way to do this is to live a life as close to what Jesus lived as we humanly can, but we can never be perfect, but we can strive.  God wants us to be a shining light on the hill that people can depend on, be willing to be a service to others in their daily lives.  Are you willing to sit down with someone and pray with them on the spot?  Some folks pass out tracks and other things and that is okay, but still the best witness we can be is with our personal smile, our consistent, unswerving dedication to the daily life God would have us to be.  Don’t be afraid to let others see Jesus in you, we all want to hear the words, “well done thy good and faithful servant”!  Make sure you are paving the way each day for that moment because that moment will come to all of us at some point in time, be ready and be prepared!