When you mess up or fall down, He is there to help you back on course. Jesus is interested in restoration – bring us back into realtionship with Him.
After the resurrection, Peter went back to fishing. Some others said, “We’ll go too.” Be a good steward with your influences. Our actions have a powerful influence on others.
John 21:4-5 NLT
At dawn Jesus was standing on the beach, but the disciples couldn’t see who he was. He called out, “Fellows, have you caught any fish?” “No,” they replied.
“Fellows” actually meant “children” in Greek.
John 21:9 NLT
When they got there, they found breakfast waiting for them—fish cooking over a charcoal fire, and some bread.
Jesus had already prepared what they needed and didn’t have. His fish, not their fish. It’s not about what you bring to the table. You might have gifts and talents, but restoration is all about what Jesus brings, not you.
John 21:15-17 NLT
After breakfast Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these? ” “Yes, Lord,” Peter replied, “you know I love you.” “Then feed my lambs,” Jesus told him. Jesus repeated the question: “Simon son of John, do you love me?” “Yes, Lord,” Peter said, “you know I love you.” “Then take care of my sheep,” Jesus said. A third time he asked him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt that Jesus asked the question a third time. He said, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Then feed my sheep.
Jesus’ questions are not based on Peter’s achievements. He knows Peter doesn’t feel qualified because he’d failed Him. He starts instead with the one thing that matters most.
Then He asks the extent of Peter’s love, whether or not he loved Jesus more than anyone or anything else, including his former way of life. He never compared Peter’s love to another person. Peter had gone back to his former way of living, and Jesus was calling him to something new.
Agape is the highest form of love – unconditional. Jesus uses it the first 2 times. In Peter’s first 2 responses, he responds with phileo, the friendship form of love. The 3rd time, Jesus uses phileo, and Peter uses agape. Jesus was meeting Peter where He was, and Peter was being influenced by Jesus.
Is Jesus your greatest love, and your greatest influence?